18 April 1934: “Trotsky had not kept his promise to remain neutral when he was granted the hospitality of France,” said the French minister of the Interior
Paris, April, 17.
The French Government, at its meeting to-day, decided to expel Trotsky from France. Commenting on this decision, M. Sarraut, the Minister of the Interior, said that “Trotsky had not kept his promise to remain neutral when he was granted the hospitality of France.” Trotsky, M. Sarraut said, would be asked to leave France (and, in the first place, the Paris district) within the shortest possible time.
“Why should refugees – actually he used a stronger word – from all over the world have to come to France? I know that you in England will all be indignant about our expulsion of Trotsky, but why won’t you yourselves take him? And why can’t you take some of these German refugees off our hands? Much as we dislike it, we have at least let them come here. But you only hold protest meetings against the Hitler Terror. Can’t you do something more than that?”
Link : Trotsky to be expelled from France – archive, 18 April 1934