Paul Cheeseright is a former FT correspondent, and also is a member of the Asian Affairs Editorial Board.
Maurice de Cazenove was in his early 20s when he arrived at Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) as a young career officer of Marshal Leclerc’s Expeditionary Corps aiming to reclaim French control of Indochina. He was in Vietnam for two years from 1946. He recaptured some of his memories of that time when we met three weeks before he died, aged 97, in his family home. Continue reading