Roundtable on late General Vo Nguyen Giap in Paris

The military strategies that late Vietnamese General Vo Nguyen Giap had deployed to defeat the French and American troops were analysed at a roundtable in Paris, France on November 14.

Many French experts and scholars as well as those from other countries were interested in how General Giap and his masterminded Dien Bien Phu victory impacted the national liberation movements in some countries in North Africa, including Algeria and Morocco. 

According to Pierre Journoud, an expert from the Institute of Strategic Studies at the Military School (IRSEM), General Giap is an exceptional figure in the military history who became a legend when he was still alive. 

The IRSEM expert also said that General Giap’s ideology inherited from the quintessence of Vietnam’s thousand-year national defence and construction course, a rich heritage which the French know a little, especially the people-based war strategy. 

Former French Ambassador to Vietnam Claude Blanchemaison recalled that during his tenure in 1989-1993, General Giap urged him to encourage French investors to come to Vietnam, which showed the General’s strategic vision to see France as an important gateway for Vietnam to then integrate globally. 

General Vo Nguyen Giap passed away in Hanoi on October 4 at the age of 103.