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In pictures: Dien Bien Phu remembered
07 May 1954, Vietnamese soldier waving a flag atop a French position
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Friday marks the 50th anniversary of the French surrender at Dien Bien Phu, when the victory of Vietnam's Viet Minh signalled the end of French rule in Indochina
Vietnamese perform a scene re-enacting the march by Vietnamese troops to Dien Bien Phu
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In Vietnam, the anniversary was marked by official celebrations and a re-staging of some of the key moments in the 56-day siege
Vietnamese perform a scene re-enacting the 1954 surrender of French garrison in Dien Bien Phu
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Thousands of troops from both sides were dead by the time the French surrendered, and France's colonial aspirations were shattered
Ethnic minority militia women parade during a ceremony held 07 May 2004 to mark the 50th anniversary
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Vietnam's ruling Communist Party made much of the anniversary in Dien Bien Phu itself, with parades involving thousands of troops and members of ethnic groups
Dien Bien Phu veteran Max Berger stands at attention at a monument to French soldiers killed
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France marked the event with a small gathering in Dien Bien Phu, shown here, and a ceremony in Paris
Vietnamese Communist Party's Secretary General Nong Duc Manh (R) comforts Pham Thi Que (C) whose husband was killed
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For relatives of those that died, such as this grieving widow, the memories were too much ...
A boy plays on an artillery battery which was used by French troops in 1954 and is now kept as war relic at Dien Bien  Phu
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... while for a younger generation, what happened may now seem too long ago.

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