429 Department of External Affairs to Mr S. M. Bruce, High Commissioner in London
Cablegram   24 June 1940,
SECRET FOLLOWING FOR BRUCE
Glad if you would raise following immediately with United Kingdom Government. With reference to formation of French National Committee by General de Gaulle and its reported recognition by United Kingdom Government, we would be glad of continuous advice as to developments of this position and as to attitude and policy it is suggested we might adopt towards French interests in Pacific, especially New Caledonia and New Hebrides.
Consul-General France  reports today that Governor New Caledonia  has reported to him he is prepared to continue fight, but wants to know degree of co-operation and help he can expect from Australia.
Consul-General also says he has had no instructions from Bordeaux Government that Bank of France refuses to allow him to operate on Consular funds, and generally wants to know how French services and assistance are to be utilised.
High Commissioner for Western Pacific  reports that Resident Commissioner, New Hebrides  has suggested that administration be taken over by Britain.