Silence has fallen on the basin of the Thai country
On May 10, 1954,
reported in its columns the unfortunate fate of French soldiers who fought for almost two months, one against four, surrounded by more than 80,000 Vietminh soldiers.
Heroically, the French soldiers resisted to the end to enter into legend, and “
join history with their elders from Camane, Verdun, Bir-Hakeim, Italy and Germany
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On the eve of the 70th anniversary of this famous battle which saw France lose nearly 3,000 of its soldiers, the remains of French soldiers who are still lying on the spot are threatened by the Diên Biên Phu airport expansion project.
According to the French Souvenir Association, quoted in an article in Le
, there would remain between one hundred and two hundred remains buried in the immediate perimeter of the works.
As the newspaper also reports, an exploratory phase made it possible to exhume last year two bodies identified by the experts as being those of two officers belonging to the battalion of Commander Nicolas.
And there would remain between 1,200 and 1,300 soldiers buried in mass graves or buried as they were at the site of the battle.
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The subject must also be the subject of a written question to the government of deputy RN Franck Giletti.
This project will create an airstrip on the site of the fighting where our soldiers fell
," said the deputy last week in the magazine
What interests me is to ensure that the remains of these French soldiers are brought back
We cannot send people to fight and die for France without their
having, in return, the respect of the nation
," said French Souvenir President Serge Barcellini in
It would be to kill them twice
The association advocates more generally for a major mission to conduct a joint excavation campaign with Vietnam.