HA NOI (VNS) — The Communist Party of Viet Nam's Central Committee has sent a message of condolences to the French Communist Party's National Council and to Henri Martin's family, following his death.
The Head of the Central Committee's Foreign Affairs Department, Hoang Binh Quan also sent a letter of condolences to Lydia Samarbakhsh, head of the French Communist Party Central Committee's Commission for External Relations and to Martin's family.
Henry Martin (1927-2015), a French peace lover and close friend of the Vietnamese people, passed away in Paris on February 17 at the age of 88.
Martin, whose life was connected to struggles of communism and internationalism, participated in various communist movements against fascism and protested the war in Indo-China, including in Viet Nam, in 1945.
He was sentenced to five years in prison for protesting France's war in Viet Nam by the French military court in 1950.
After being released from prison in 1953, he continued to take part in activities of the French Communist Party and became one of the Party's top leaders.
He fought for peace in Viet Nam during wartime, and then participated in activities for victims of Agent Orange/dioxin and the poor in Viet Nam, as well as for friendship between the two countries.
Henry Martin was a founding and active member of the France-Viet Nam Friendship Association, after its establishment in 1961. — VNS