The French and Bao Dai chose Diem. The French because the situation was very bad and they were disgusted of Bao Dai and they thought it would be better to have a man who did not like them but who promised to them that as long as the French would go on on the war against the Viet Minh
Diem would be loyal to them.
Bao Dai called Diem to power because he knew the situation was become very bad. And he did not want the responsibility of it and he asked Diem to take it because he hated Diem. And it was a poison gift.
But the situation changed completely after the Geneva Agreement and after the French agreed to give to North Vietnam half of Vietnam. Diem considered that his pact with the French was broken. And Bao Dai was satisfied that Diem has to support the shame of the partition of Vietnam.
A partir—at that time there was practically a kind of war between Diem and the French. Diem thought that he did not need the French any more because the French practically were fed up with the Vietnamese war and he thought of the Americans...he had since thought of them long before, but...he saw this ambition in them.
And Bao Dai at that time thought of disgracing Diem to replace them in order to take the power after the shame of the partition. And it was a kind of internal fight in Saigon
At the start Diem had no power. He was alone in his palace because Diem was a man of the nord, he was a mandarin. A mandarin, what we call. And he had no support in the population, and with nobody.
But, he had...but as the weeks passed, he had the support of the Americans. The Vietnamese army first wanted to oust him which would be very easy. Hinh
, the chief of the Vietnamese army told me I have to send a section of twelve men and it will be finished with Diem.
did not give orders; Washington
did not give orders. Things were becoming complicated. The American agents in Saigon
were furiously. In Saigon
the French agents, the functionaries, the civil servants, the military men fought against the Americans and Diem.
But naturally, in the end, the power of the American and of the dollar were too great. And overall the American said to the Vietnamese Army you know, according to the Geneva Agreement, there must be elections in South Vietnam and you know that with the French their election would be lost for South Vietnam. And you will be crushed by North Vietnam.
In that case, burned with Diem, and oust the French. And it was what happened. And the last supports of the French was as I said to you, the Binh Xuyen
, the pirates.