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Dalai Lama to visit France in summer 2011

September 16, 2010

Associated Press (AP)
September 15, 2010

Toulouse, Sep. 15 -- A Tibetan Buddhist centre in
southern France says the Dalai Lama plans a
three-day visit to the city of Toulouse next
summer. The Institut Vajra Vogini in the southern
French town of Lavaur said today that the Tibetan
spiritual leader will give instruction and hold a
public conference at a Toulouse auditorium from August 13-15.

The Dalai Lama last visited the city in 1993 and
1982. France-China relations nose-dived in 2008
after protests by exiled Tibetans and other
activists during the Olympic torch's passage
through Paris and President Nicolas Sarkozy's talks with the Dalai Lama.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of seeking Tibetan
independence from Chinese rule. It wasn't
immediately clear whether the leaders plan to
meet during the Dalai Lama's visit next year.
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