France homage to its 100,000 Indochina dead

9th June 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, June 8 (AFP) - France officially paid homage for the first time Wednesday to its 100,000 soldiers killed in Indochina, most of them in Vietnam, with Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie honouring what she called their "immense sacrifice".

PARIS, June 8 (AFP) - France officially paid homage for the first time Wednesday to its 100,000 soldiers killed in Indochina, most of them in Vietnam, with Defence Minister Michele Alliot-Marie honouring what she called their "immense sacrifice".  

"Some 51 years ago, the guns fell silent in Indochina. This silence brought to a close an epic century of French involvement in the Far East. It brought to a painful end a war of eight years," said Alliot-Marie, who presided at a memorial ceremony in Paris.  

According to the defence minister from 1945 to 1954 nearly 100,000 French soldiers were killed in Indochina, most in the former French colony of Vietnam. A further 76,000 soldiers were wounded and 40,000 were taken prisoner, of whom 30,000 never came back.  

"Today for the first time, the nation officially pays solemn homage to our soldiers in Indochina," she said.  

The ceremony was organised on the national day of homage to the French soldiers who died in Indochina, which is set for June 8 each year.

 

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