General Raoul Salan, French Army commander in Indochina in 1952 and 1953, on Wednesday (25 January) welcomed the Vietnam peace agreement.
General Raoul Salan seated with interviewer (SILENT)
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"I hope that the peace agreement will be effective. I hope that the agreements between Nixon and Hanoi will bring peace to this country which needs it so much. I like the people of Indochina very much. I known them very well, and let's not forget they have had war in their country for 32 years. The war in Indochina started in 1940 when the Japanese invaded the country. Since then, the fighting hasn't stopped. The agreements must be respected and both partners must each stay on their own territory. The ceasefire line must be respected. President Nixon made it very clear when he said he would help the legal South Vietnamese government under any circumstances, and the Saigon government is the legal one. The Americans are taking two months to withdraw their troops and leave....but let's not forget they're in Bangkok. President Nixon is an honest man, he will certainly keep his promise of helping the South Vietnamese if it becomes necessary."
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Here follows a translation of General Salan's sound of film interview, which is in French.
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Background: General Raoul Salan, French Army commander in Indochina in 1952 and 1953, on Wednesday (25 January) welcomed the Vietnam peace agreement. General Salan said he hoped the agreement would be effective and the forces of North and South Vietnam would remain on their own territory.
General Salan, aged 73, left Vietnam as army commander the year before French forces withdrew in 1954 after the battle of Dien Bien Phu. Later in Algeria, General Salan was implicated in the revolt of April 1961 and was sentenced to death in his absence. He was captured the following year and was stripped of military honours and sentenced to life imprisonment. He was granted a pardon in 1968 and has lived in Paris since.
SYNOPSIS: A former French Army commander in Indochina, General Raoul Salan, on Wednesday welcomed the Vietnam peace agreement. He was France's Indochina commander in 1952 and 1953. The following year, the French withdrew from Vietnam.
General Salan said Vietnam needed peace very much and he hoped the agreements between President Nixon and Hanoi would be effective. He pointed out that the country had been involved in war of some kind for thirty two years. It had started in 1940 when the Japanese invaded the country, and since then, the fighting had not stopped.
General Salan warned that the agreements must be respected, that both sides must observe the ceasefire line and remain on their own territory. The retired general pointed out that President Nixon had made it very clear he would help the legal South Vietnamese Government under any circumstances.... and the Saigon government was the legal one. Although the Americans were withdrawing the troops and leaving Vietnam inside two months, General Salan said it shouldn't be forgotten that the Americans were nearby in Bangkok.
The General believes President Nixon is an honest man and would certainly keep his promise of helping the South Vietnamese if necessary.