Ho spent the summer in Paris trying to lock in the agreement, but the French government was purposely evasive, as it was conspiring to undermine Vietnamese independence. Ho was nevertheless well received in the French media. A French reporter who met him noted his “engaging manner and extraordinary gift for making contact,” which “at once brought a warm and direct exchange of views and gave a startlingly fresh ring to commonplace words.”  Ho returned to Vietnam in October and appealed to the Vietnamese people for patience. The French, however, showed their hand on November 22, 1946. Using a dispute over control of customs in Haiphong as a pretext, French warships bombarded the unprotected port city, killing at least 6,000 and wounding some 25,000. On December 19, Ho issued a call for “nationwide resistance”:
Joseph Lyne c1812-47 b London d SA m 1831 Rebecca Page 1811-96 arr 1836 > 6 daus.
Hannibal Lyne 1851-1940 b Meneage Cornwall d SA (of Hannibal Lugg Lyne, farmer m Mary Anne Thomas); of Lyne family of Mawgan, Cornwall. Hannibal arr SA after 1871, m 1880 Rosa Jane Cole 1859-1942 > George William Cole Lyne 1881-1956 m 1906 Millie Regina Moyle West 1880-1958 (> Queenie Anna Rosa Lyne 1907, Laura Mabel Mary Lyne 1912, George William Cole Lyne 1916), Nellie Mabel Lyne 1884-1953, Elsie Mary Lyne 1889-1963, Jessie Laura Lyne 1892-c1984, Hannibal Thomas Mitchell Lyne 1897 m Mai Elizabeth Puhlmann, Wilfred Tregevis Lyne 1903.
William Thomas Lyne , brother of Hannibal, m Cornwall 1883 Eleanor Elizabeth Bunt, arr SA by 1884 > William Thomas Leonard Lyne 1884, Jane Winifred Lyne 1886; by 1888 family returned to Cornwall.