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France: Dalai Lama Says Repression Is Up

August 24, 2008

By STEVEN ERLANGER
The New York Times
August 23, 2008

The Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, said Friday that
China had increased repression of Tibetans during the Olympic Games
in Beijing, and he urged China to "march toward democracy." He met
France's foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, and first lady, Carla
Sarkozy, in southern France at the dedication of a Buddhist temple in
Roqueredonde, above. Ms. Sarkozy and Mr. Kouchner talked privately
with the Dalai Lama, and his interpreter later briefed reporters on
some of his comments. France's human rights minister, Rama Yade, was
also there. President Nicolas Sarkozy's political party said he would
meet the Dalai Lama by the end of the year.
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