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Notes on the Geography of Vietnam: Colonial Hanoi: Photo 5

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Paul Doumer spent five years as Goveror-General of Vietnam. At the end of that time, in 1902, the French mounted in Hanoi the Indo-China Exposition Française et Internationale. To accomodate that event, they built the lavish Metropole Hotel. More significantly, they built the Pont Doumer, now the Long Bien Bridge, with its builder's plate still in place more than a century later. The bridge was a major expense for a colony that was a money sink for the French. (Doumer much later served briefly as the President of France until his assassination in 1932.)

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