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The Americans were fighting the Japanese at the time and the vietminh were also fighting for independance hoping to gain the U.S. as a ally after the war . After WW II the Americans were afraid of the communist influence of the vietminh and decided that backing the French rule was a better decision wich could be adapted to a freely elected pro US form of government .

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They didn't want the french to control Vietnam or Vietnam to become communist.

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When they help the french and british troops with supplies

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Where did The French announced support for the US after the American victory?


Who did the US support after world war ii?

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The french announced support for the US after the American victory at..?


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Edmund Charles Genet was the French citizen that hoped to gain American support for France. During the French Revolution he was the French Ambassador to the US.

What county gave the US most support in the American revolution?


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