In Paris, France, Nguyen Ai Quoc, an alias of Ho Chi Minh, visited the Club du Faubourg and later returned to his home at 9 Compoint. He was closely observed by French secret agents.
|File photo of President Ho Chi Minh|
During his stay in France, President Ho Chi Minh visited a number of Vietnamese workers who had gone to France to work at military factories during World War II.
The same day he also received French Prime Minister Bidault and some Vietnamese living in France.
President Ho Chi Minh wrote a letter to praise Ba Huy, a woman who built a care home for wounded soldiers at her own expense. The letter read: “With this action, you have contributed to the protection of the country and have set an example for others to implement the motto: “Donate money or services to the revolution as much as possible. Combined forces will ensure a victory for our resistance.”
The President met the head of a group of Chinese military advisors, at the Viet Bac Resistance Zone, to discuss preparations for the Border Campaign against French troops in the Vietnam-China border region.
In a letter to the Minister of Wounded Soldiers and Veterans, President Ho Chi Minh said he offered his one-month salary to wounded soldiers and advised that giving support to wounded soldiers was “an obligation – not a charity – of the people toward sick or wounded soldiers.”
He had the minister send his message to wounded soldiers that they should avoid vainglory, and should not play down work or make light of military discipline.”
In an article, “Criticism and self-criticism,” under the pseudonym D. X. in Cuu Quoc (National Salvation) magazine, he wrote: “The Labor Party of Vietnam, a party that is equipped with Marxism-Leninism, adopts a strict discipline, conducts criticism and self-criticism, builds a close relationship with the public, has a proper apparatus and is equipped with proper ideology and politics. It will ensure a victory for our resistance war and success for building the country.”
On his visit to Nguyen Ai Quoc School’s Branch II, President Ho Chi Minh said: “The Party is not a place for careerists or those who want to get rich. Our Party must be very clean and strong. Just like a clock, that will work well if its components are not contaminated with foreign matters, our Party’s apparatus will be strong if every section and every member is uncorrupt and strong.”
At a meeting to discuss the Politburo’s resolution on “Three things to build and another three to fight”, President Ho Chi Minh said: “Misappropriation is the worst and vilest action in society. Lavishness seriously damages the resources of the State and people. And where there is bureaucracy there are these two evils.
“The building of socialism requires socialist people, who have good virtue and are diligent, thrifty, integral, righteous, public-spirited and selfless, and who wholeheartedly serve the revolution and the people.”
Receiving Ghana’s Foreign Minister, Ho Chi Minh said: “We want to have peace. But at what cost and in what way will we seek that peace? We want peace, but it must go in hand with independence for our country. We do not want to make the US lose face. If the US has respect for itself and also for the Vietnamese, and if they comply with the Geneva Treaty, we will have that peace.”
By Duong Trung Quoc* and his assistants
*The author is a historian and member of the National Assembly