FRANCE: The Ambassadors

All through the German occupation the U.S. Embassy in Paris was a symbol of hope to Frenchmen. The graceful, cream-tinted building off the Place de la Concorde shone brighter every day. Its gardens behind the high iron railings were always carefully manicured. Every window was clean and glistening. Inside, every inkwell was full, every desk tidy, no pastepot gooey.

This diplomatic spit & polish was the work of a tireless Frenchwoman, Mme. Simone Blanchard, who had been secretary at the Embassy when Ambassador Bullitt pulled out in 1941. She kept the place ready...

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