Nation: MAI VAN BO: Revolutionary with Style

WHEN talks begin, Americans looking among the Vietnamese negotiators for ascetic Hanoi heroes in the mold of Ho Chi Minh will be surprised by Mai Van Bo, the round-faced scholar who represents North Viet Nam in France. In his years as Hanoi's best-known envoy to the West, Bo has grown grey, stylish and somewhat stout on the haute cuisine of hostesses delighted by his foxy charm and affable wit. Hanoi watchers are convinced that Bo is kept in the know by his government. Three weeks ago, his henchmen were already murmuring that "we are...

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