French take Lao royal capital
25 August 1945. A small French commando force led by Colonel Hans Imfeld enters Luang Prabang and takes charge. It is supported by the Lao king, who seeks a return to the situation before April when, under Japanese pressure, he renounced the French protectorate. His vision is a gradual transition to independence. Lao Issara activists, having heard De Gaulle’s calls for the restoration of the French Empire, remain sceptical.