Hanoi is home to some 1,200 French colonial villas, many of which are crumbling. Will authorities step in to save the buildings? Photo: AFP
Hanoi is home to some 1,200 French colonial villas, many of which are crumbling. Will authorities step in to save the buildings? Photo: AFP

Hanoi’s French colonial villas are crumbling deathtraps, but residents ‘don’t want to move’. Can authorities save the houses in time?

  • Some 1,200 French colonial villas survive in the Vietnamese capital, but today many of them, subdivided to provide cheap dwellings, are on the verge of collapse
  • Unable to afford their upkeep, the residents face an uncertain future if the buildings are demolished, and the authorities are hesitant to act

Hanoi is home to some 1,200 French colonial villas, many of which are crumbling. Will authorities step in to save the buildings? Photo: AFP
Hanoi is home to some 1,200 French colonial villas, many of which are crumbling. Will authorities step in to save the buildings? Photo: AFP
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