The Lycée Albert-Sarraut, founded in Hà Nội in 1919, was a prestigious French school that had become popular among Vietnamese elites. After 1954, the Democratic Republic of Vietnam agreed to let the school operate under French supervision. For the French, the school was an excuse to keep an official delegation in Hà Nội. For the Vietnamese, it was a bargaining chip for negotiating with the Western bloc. This unusual experiment of a Western school in a communist country lasted ten years, during which the Vietnamese authorities progressively eliminated French influence in the school, until they closed it down in 1965.
- © 2015 by The Regents of the University of California