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Vietnam Finds Remains Believed to be French Soldiers


Construction workers in Vietnam have unearthed a mass grave containing remains believed to be of French soldiers who died during the 1954 battle of Dien Bien Phu.

Vietnamese officials say 11 sets of remains, as well as personal belongings such as wallets, were found during the construction of a park near the former headquarters of France's military commander at Dien Bien Phu.

The French Embassy in Hanoi says it knows nothing about the discovery.

French troops and Vietnamese insurgents battled for nearly two months at Dien Bien Phu, before French forces surrendered on May seventh, 1954. The loss led to the end of French colonial rule in what was then Indochina.

Some information for this report provided by AFP, Reuters.

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