General Vo Nguyen Giap. Photo: Internet
France’s l’Humanité magazine devoted six colour pages to write about the life and career of General Vo Nguyen Giap on the occasion of his 100th birthday. The article, entitled “General Giap, a strategist of freedom”, was written by French journalist and director, Daniel Roussel, a former Vietnam-based correspondent for France’s l’Humanité in the 1980s.
The writer used precious documentary pictures on the career of General Vo Nguyen Giap and Uncle, on the 260,000 pack-bikes crossing forests under napalm bombs of the French colonialists to reinforce their Dien Bien Phu campaign. The piece also used an image of soldiers from the Vietnamese People’s Army waving victory flags on the top of General De Castries vault on 7 May 1954 and the image of the Vietnamese tank collapsing Independence Palace gate on 30 April 1975 in Saigon to end the historic Ho Chi Minh campaign to unite the nation.
The General’s life is closely connected with the two resistance wars against the French colonialists and the American imperialists.
In his article, Daniel Roussel narrated the life and career of Vietnam’s talented military strategist, from his birth to the time when he became a general, directing the struggle of the Vietnamese People’s Army against the French colonial force in Dien Bien Phu to a globe shaking victory.
The writer also highlighted the role of General Vo Nguyen Giap in the struggle against the American imperialists to unite the nation, as well as his contributions to Vietnam’s renewal process.
According to the writer, the article was the result of dozens of meetings with General Vo Nguyen Giap, all with love and respect.
He wrote that the General is a very pleasant person, speaking fluently in French, with a direct look and a firm hand shake.
Retelling the memories of his meeting with General Vo Nguyen Giap when he was thirty years old, Daniel Roussel said that no issues were considered forbidden for discussion; however, when meeting with a uncomfortable issue, the voice of the general became sharper. He is the one of enthusiasm and “the general of peace”.
Daniel Roussel wrote that General Vo Nguyen Giap is a living legend in Vietnam – the strategist who masterminded the victory in Dien Bien Phu in 1954, concluding the war of the French colonist; in 1973, forcing the American imperialists to end its invasion in Vietnam; and in 1975, breaking up the puppet army of southern Vietnam to unite the nation. He is recognized as one of the most talented military persons and strategists of the people’s war.
According to Daniel Roussel, for Vietnamese people, General Vo Nguyen Giap represents one of the loyal followers to Ho Chi Minh ideology – the one who gave birth to independence for the Vietnamese nation./.