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James M. Gavin to Resign as Ambassador to France

July 31, 1962 - Lieut. Gen. James M. Gavin (right) will resign as U.S. Ambassador to France in the next few days, sources said today. Charles E. Bohlen, former Ambassador to the Soviet Union and now special advisor to Secretary of State Dean Rusk on Soviet affairs, is being considered as the new Ambassador to Paris. According to sources, Gen. Gavin is not resigning at the request of President Kennedy. He has been known to be eager for some time to return to private business. After resigning from the Army in 1958, he became executive vice president of Arthur D. Little Inc., an industrial and engineering research organization at Cambridge, Mass. General Gavin has contended within the Administration that French-American relations would be improved if the U.S. helped France achieve a more sophisticated nuclear capability. However, the Kennedy Administration is against helping President de Gaulle achieve more rapidly his objective of an independent nuclear force.

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