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Vietnam’s struggle for liberation remembered in France

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The Vietnamese Ambassador to France, Nguyen Ngoc Son, has recalled the arduous but glorious struggle undertaken by the Vietnamese people for national liberation in the years 1945-1975.

Speaking at a seminar in France’s Malakoff city, the Ambassador claimed that the leadership of the Communist Party has helped unify all Vietnamese people and attracted the support from international peace-lovers.

The diplomat spotlighted the great achievements Vietnam has gained since it started reforming in 1986.

He expressed his gratitude to author Léo Figuères, who used his articles and books to strongly condemn the French invasion of Vietnam and sway public opinion. His book “Je reviens du Vietnam” (I return from a free Vietnam), which demanded the French end their unjust war in Vietnam, has received particular public praise over the years.

At the seminar, historian Alain Ruscio delivered a speech on Vietnam’s resistance wars for independence, and mentioned the foreign soldiers who devoted their lives to the country’s struggle, namely Henri Martin, Raymonde Dien and Madeleine Riffaud.

The seminar, jointly organised by the Vietnamese Embassy and the Léo Figuères’ Friends Association (Amis de Léo Figuères) on April 11, aimed to mark the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of South Vietnam and National Reunification, and late President Ho Chi Minh’s 125th birthday.-VNA

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