Name: Guy Hannoteaux
Date of Birth:
Home City of Record: France
Date of Loss: 05 April 1970
Country of Loss: Cambodia
Loss Coordinates: XT171290
Status (in 1973): Prisoner of War
Other Personnel in Incident: Gilles Caron; Michel Visot (both captured)
Source: Compiled by Homecoming II Project 01 April 1991 from one
or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources,
correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources, interviews.
Updated by the P.O.W. NETWORK. 2020
SYNOPSIS: French photo/journalist Gilles Caron, L'Express correspondent Guy
Hannoteaux, and French journalist Michel Visot left Phnom Penh on April 5, 1970.
The newsmen were heading for the front lines of fighting in Cambodia, looking
for a story as military action in Cambodia had stepped up considerably at this
time. Caron was on assignment for the Gamma Agency of Paris at the time.
Traveling southeast on Route One in eastern Cambodia, the three men were
captured 6 kilometers west of Chi Phu on Route 2 at grid coordinates XT171290.
UPI reported their capture.
Author Zalin Grant interviewed returned ARVN POWs in early 1973 and released the
following data supporting other stories indicating journalists could still be
alive. "Returned ARVN POWs sighted the (unnamed) journalists on Route #7, 17
miles south of Snoul in Eastern Cambodia 7-72 in ox-carts pulled by Hondas;
another said a VC captain near Minot, eastern Cambodia (where military American
POWs were released from in 1973) reported the (unnamed) journalists held in 7-72
had cameras; Cambodian national saw (unnamed) journalists in 6-72 at Prince
Sihanouk's FUNK camp south of Route #13 in Kratie Province; returned ARVN POWs
said a guard told them in 3073 that the journalists were still alive and held in
their area." Walter Cronkite reported a sighting of (unnamed) journalists in
Whether Grant's and Cronkite's information relates to Caron, Hannoteaux and
Visot is not known. The three are among 22 international journalists still
missing in Southeast Asia, most known to have been captured. For several years
during the war, the correspondents community rallied and publicized the fates of
fellow journalists. After a while, they tired of the effort, and today these men
are forgotten by all but families and friends.
Tragically, nearly the whole world turns its head while thousands of reports
continue to flow in that prisoners are still held in Southeast Asia. Cambodia
offered to return a substantial number of remains of men it says are Americans
missing in Cambodia (in fact the number offered exceeded the number of those
officially missing). But the U.S. has no formal diplomatic relations with the
communist government of Cambodia, and refused to directly respond to this offer.
Although several U.S. Congressmen offered to travel to Cambodia to receive the
remains, they have not been permitted to do so by the U.S.
The Story of Gilles Caron, Guy Hannoteaux, and Michel Visot:
Only two and a half weeks after the deposition of Prince Sihanouk by Lon Nol, Gilles Caron,
a French photojournalist
for the Gamma agency, Guy Hannoteaux, a French correspondent for
l’Express, and Michel Visot, a local French law professor in Phnom Penh, were at the unfortunate
epicenter of a nation ready to burst.
On Sunday, April 5th,
1970, Caron and Hannoteaux hired local law professor, Visot, to guide them
out of their Phnom Penh press hotel and on to Route One to search for a story. Cambodian military
forces were increasing in measure every day, with both NVA and Khmer Rouge rebels rapidly
invading the nation, and the two French journalists were curious to see the damaging transition
that was actually occurring.
What is known is that the
group of men turned off Route One, turned on to Route Two, and were then
captured by either NVA or Khmer Rouge forces, approximately six kilometers west of Chi Pou. The
exact grid coordinates that pinpoint where they were captured are 110236N, 1060419E, XT171209
(based on US government documents).
No further sightings of the men were ever reported.
This is all the information we have.
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