Ho spent the summer in Paris trying to lock in the agreement, but the French government was purposely evasive, as it was conspiring to undermine Vietnamese independence. Ho was nevertheless well received in the French media. A French reporter who met him noted his “engaging manner and extraordinary gift for making contact,” which “at once brought a warm and direct exchange of views and gave a startlingly fresh ring to commonplace words.”  Ho returned to Vietnam in October and appealed to the Vietnamese people for patience. The French, however, showed their hand on November 22, 1946. Using a dispute over control of customs in Haiphong as a pretext, French warships bombarded the unprotected port city, killing at least 6,000 and wounding some 25,000. On December 19, Ho issued a call for “nationwide resistance”:
Course Description : Honors US History II (transcript course title) This honors course takes students from Reconstruction, post Civil War, through the election of President Obama. Students will learn about America’s modern history by using online AP and college course materials. The information is presented in readings and video lectures; students will respond with written work. Students will interact with numerous primary sources and be charged with creating effective policy decisions. Students will be challenged to evaluate contradictory information about historic events and will learn to become independent thinkers.