CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY
WashingtonR Case No. 99
OFFICE OF THE director
A. J. Goodpaster Staff Secretary The White House
I have just received
a messagerench general and pontic an who was one ot tbe important characters in the French Underground during the war and who is an old friend of mine:
"General Koenig by direct private exchange messages with President Eisenhower has requested and received invitation visit him in Washington. Intends to make trip very soon. Purpose of visit Is General Kocnie's desire express to President Eisenhower his views on critical French political situation and suggest as possible remedy the necessityational arbitrage to settle differences between the various parties, to be conducted under the auspice6 of General De Gaulle. He will explain to President Eisenhower that General De Gaulle'sprestige to effect such an arbitrage is evidenced by the visits he has been receiving from leading personalities of practically all French parties seeking his advice and opinion."
My French general friend, who is very close to General Koenig, adds that he proposes either to accompany General Koenig, or in any event to be present in the United States simultaneously with him.