Vietnam's leaders mourn independence hero General Giap
HANOI (AFP) - Vietnam's top leaders gathered early Saturday to pay their last respects to independence hero General Vo Nguyen Giap, who died last week at 102, as his state funeral began in Hanoi.
Soldiers in white uniforms stood to attention as officials, including the prime minister and president, paid their last respects to General Giap who was second only to late president Ho Chi Minh in the affections of the communist nation.
Lauded as a military genius for the guerrilla tactics that defeated both the French and American armies, the general is being honoured with two days of national mourning.
A photograph of Giap and a gilt frame containing military medals was placed above his coffin, which was draped in the national flag.