Vietnamese people lined the streets in their thousands for the funeral of the general they consider a national legend. Vo Nguyen Giap died ten days earlier at the age of 102. He's hailed as the mastermind behind the defeat of Vietnam's French colonial rulers in 1954. Two decades later he forced the retreat of the U.S. from what was then South Vietnam. And when China invaded in 1978 Giap helped organise the defence, driving back the Chinese with heavy losses. But then he fell from favour.moreless
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