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July 26, 1973

SONNENFELDT TO KISSINGER, 'SUPPLEMENTARY CHECKLIST FOR MEETING WITH FRENCH DEFENSE MINISTER'

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    When meeting with the French Defense Minister Kissinger is to stress how much the U.S. has supported France despite negative views on such assistance by European countries and by Congress, and that this president could not be more sympathetic to French needs. The NSSM 175 review of the policy towards France is attached, and it reviews previous aid given to France, complications that arouse due to restrictions on such aid, and what the French are now requesting. It extensively reviews missile assistance, nuclear safety exchanges, and other French aid issues. The second part addresses the issue in light of U.S.-European political relations, and the effect any such aid might have on such relations. It notes that future French aid might be given to hardening technologies, and to aiding in Poseidon information, and to underground nuclear testing, and it weighs the pros and cons in the eyes of the British. It concludes with an overview of how such aid could be in the interest (or not) of the U.S., but several parts of the last part of this document are blacked-out, marked for secrecy.
    "Sonnenfeldt to Kissinger, 'Supplementary Checklist for Meeting with French Defense Minister'," July 26, 1973, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, Nixon Presidential Library, National Security Council Files (NSCF), France Vol XI April 73-31 December 1973. Obtained and contributed by William Burr and included in NPIHP Research Update #2. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/112434
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