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French lawmakers to call on the Dalai Lama

August 21, 2009

August 19, 2009

Dharamsala, Aug 19 - A five-member delegation of
the French parliament will call on His Holiness
the Dalai Lama during its visit here at the
headquarters of the exile Tibetan government
starting 30 August, the website of the Tibetan government in exile said.

Mr. Jean Francois Humbert, senator from Franche
Comte province in Eastern France, will be heading
the delegation from the French Senate (sénat) or
the upper house of the French Parliament. Senator
Humbert was also a member of the first ever visit
of the official Senate delegation to Dharamsala in May 2005.

The other members are Mr. Jean Pierre Plancade,
senator, Socialist group and member of the Tibet
Information Group; Mr. Thierry Repentin, senator,
Socialist Party and member of the Tibet
Information Group and Mrs Jacquelin Panis,
senator, ruling UMP (Union for a Popular
Movement) and member of the Tibet Information
Group. Mr Philippe Brault, administrator of the
Senate and Mr. Wangpo Bashi, secretary of the
Tibet Bureau in Paris, will accompany the delegation.

During the week-long visit, the French lawmakers
will also meet with His Eminence the 17th Gyalwa
Karmapa Ogyen Trinley Dorje, the members of
Tibetan Parliament and the Kashag (cabinet). They
will also visit various Tibetan educational,
religious and cultural institutions. A separate
meeting with the representatives of various
Tibetan Non Governmental Organizations will also take place.

The French parliament is comprised of the
National Assembly and the Senate, chosen by two
different electoral systems. The Senate has 343 members.
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