In 1797 President Adams sent three agents to U.S. diplomats to Paris. The French foreign minister would not talk to the diplomats. Instead, three French secret agents were sent to bribe the Americans. The Talleyrand would discuss a treaty in exchange for $250,000. The French government also wanted a 12 million dollar loan. In March 1798 President Adams addressed congress that the mission had failed. He used the letters X, Y, and Z to name the agents.