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Seeking long-lost father, French woman meets Vietnamese grandparents in poignant reunion

Wednesday, January 16, 2019, 15:22 GMT+7
Seeking long-lost father, French woman meets Vietnamese grandparents in poignant reunion
Lysiane Danièle Josette (middle) sits with her paternal grandparents at their house in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

A young French woman met her paternal grandparents on Tuesday during a search for her long-lost father in Vietnam.

Lysiane Danièle Josette, informally known as Lys, has lived with her mother in France and never seen her father, a Vietnamese, since childhood.

Spurred by the desire to meet him, the 26-year-old woman on Sunday flew to Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, about 100km from Ho Chi Minh City, when she had a photo of him and knew only the names of the man and her paternal grandmother.

She had the information published in local newspapers and on social media and it reached her father-side family in Ba Ria-Vung Tau.

Lysiane Danièle is seen with teary eyes during the reunion with her grandparents in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle is seen with teary eyes during the reunion with her grandparents in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle Josette (right) is seen with her paternal grandmother in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle Josette (right) is seen with her paternal grandmother in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Receiving the news of the family, she canceled a tour in Vietnam to promptly travel to the province and a poignant reunion followed on Tuesday.

She was visibly touched during the occasion and the grandfather took her to the ancestor-worshipping altar in front of which she offered incense sticks in line with a time-honored Vietnamese custom.

The grandparents gave her a meal with local delicacies and told her that her father is now living in France and had married a Vietnamese-French woman before starting a relationship with her mother.

Lysiane Danièle Josette is leaving Vietnam in a few days to meet her father in the European country.

Lysiane Danièle Josette is seen with her paternal grandfather in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle Josette is seen with her paternal grandfather in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle (right sitting) and her Vietnamese relatives pose for a picture in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle (right sitting) and her Vietnamese relatives pose for a picture in Ba Ria-Vung Tau Province, southern Vietnam, January 15, 2019. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Lysiane Danièle Josette is seen with her father in this photo from her grandparents’ family album.
Lysiane Danièle Josette is seen with her father in this photo from her grandparents’ family album.

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