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French president will meet with Dalai Lama Dec. 6

November 14, 2008

The Associated Press
November 13, 2008

PARIS (AP) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy says he will hold a
long-awaited meeting with the Dalai Lama next month, but not in
France. The two will meet during Sarkozy's visit Dec. 6 to Gdansk, Poland.

In his announcement, Sarkozy says Tibetans have the right to freedom,
not repression - an indirect criticism of China.

Some observers thought Sarkozy snubbed the Dalai Lama by not meeting
with him when the Tibetan spiritual leader was in France for 11 days
during the Beijing Olympics.

Sarkozy praised the Dalai Lama as he announced the meeting Thursday
while receiving a prize for political courage.

During his visit to France, the Dalai Lama expressed hope that Paris
would press China for concessions in Tibet.
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