A memorial statue made by a renowned Vietnamese artist has been inaugurated in France in honor of Indochinese laborers, including those from Vietnam.
The statue, called Mémorial pour les Ouvriers Indochinois, is located at Salin-de-Giraud, a village at the mouth of the Rhone River in Bouches-du-Rhône.
An inaugural ceremony was held for the statue on October 5 in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region.
The 2m-tall steel statue is placed on a platform, which bears inscriptions in French and Vietnamese.
It vividly depicts a farmer with a hoe, who is ready to work in the paddy field with a cheerful attitude instead of the submissive, miserable look of a slave in a foreign land.
Its creator, Le Ba Dang, is one of the Vietnamese artists who have a successful career in France and Europe.
According to the officials in the French locality, the statue is of immense historical significance to 20,000 Vietnamese people who were made forced laborers in France during the Second World War.