An exhibition featuring late President Ho Chi Minh’s 1946 tour of France as seen through newly-collected documents and objects opened in Hanoi on October 21.
This is one of the many events celebrating the 100th anniversary of HCM’s departure to seek ways for national salvation (1911-2011) and the 65th anniversary of his diplomatic visit to France as Head of an independent nation (1946-2011).
The exhibition displayed nearly 200 documents and objects related to HCM’s visit to France in 1946, including drafts on some of his speeches, and letters and articles bearing his autograph, Vietnam’s national flag hoisted at a meeting held by overseas Vietnamese in Paris to mark National Day on September 2 1946, and photos of HCM during his stay in France.
HCM’s 1946 trip to France was one of the most important diplomatic missions of the Vietnamese Government in the 1945-1946 period.
During that period, HCM conducted 400 meetings with France’s top politicians, ministers of the then French Government, and 14 French generals. He also held a wide range of meetings with the socio-cultural elite, the French press, as well as socio-political activists from Europe, Asia and Africa.
During the negotiation process, HCM expressed Vietnam’s aspiration for peace, justice and goodwill to win over the French people’s support.
The visit has opened up a new diplomatic trend for Vietnam according to HCM’s thoughts. That is peaceful dialogue must be conducted on the basis of respecting each nation’s sovereignty.