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French foreign minister to meet with Dalai Lama

August 20, 2008

The Associated Press (AP)
August 19, 2008

PARIS - France's foreign minister says he will meet with the Dalai
Lama this week.

Bernard Kouchner says he'll join French first lady Carla
Bruni-Sarkozy when the Tibetan spiritual leader attends the
inauguration of a temple Friday in southern France.

Kouchner told reporters Monday that he would meet with "my friend" as
he always does when the Dalai Lama visits France.

The French government has kept contacts with the Dalai Lama to a
minimum during a 12-day visit. Critics and human rights groups have
accused Paris of bowing to Chinese pressure over business contracts.

The Dalai Lama's visit coincides with the Beijing Olympics. The trip
has focused mainly on spiritual matters.
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