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Love of Hanoi from a special COVID-19 patient

by T.N11 April 2020 Last updated at 12:00 PM

A French man who has been working in Vietnam for 12 years was one of the COVID-19 patients released from the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases on Friday. During his treatment, his love for Hanoi, which he considers his second home, grew stronger

Jean Noel Poirier lived in Vietnam for 12 years, during which he worked for one term as a French Consul General in Ho Chi Minh City (2000 – 2004) and another as the French ambassador in Hanoi (2012 - 2016).

Love of Hanoi from a special COVID-19 patient

Love of Hanoi from a special COVID-19 patient

Reflecting on the time when he first started taking up the new position, Poirer narrated his story in Vietnamese: “When I first started taking up the ambassador position in August 2012, I instantly had a familiar feeling with this place, as if I had been living here before. Maybe it’s because in Hanoi, the reminiscence of French architecture still remain, especially in the old Quarter. Actually the first time I came here was for a diplomatic meeting with former Foreign Minister Nguyen Co Thach in 1989. The city gave me a waim feeling, but I was bored as there was almost no nightlife at that time. But by the time I came back, the city had become very dynamic and vibrant. Young people looked very cheerful and they always smiled with positive thoughts”.

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