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The French in VietnamThe French colonized Vietnam (and also Laos and Cambodia) from about 1860 onwards. The process of colonization was completed in the 1880s.

In WW2 the Japanese seized control of the area (in 1940-41) and ruled it with the active collaboration of the pro-Vichy French there. In Vietnam an effective resistance movement (the future Vietminh) formed round Ho Chi Minh. With some help from the U.S., mainly training by experts in guerrilla warfare, it almost succeeded in gaining control of the whole of Vietnam by the end of WW2.

In 1946 the French army returned, and the struggle continued. However, by 1954 the French were defeated and had to withdraw.

So the French were essentially not involved in the Vietnam War as seen from the US viewpoint.

2012-11-29 02:48:44
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