Sarkozy will not meet Dalai Lama during French visit

Other News Materials 6 August 2008 23:18 (UTC +04:00)

(dpa) - French President Nicolas Sarkozy will not meet the Dalai Lama during the latter's upcoming visit to France, the Elysee Palace said Wednesday.

The Tibetan religious leader had given current circumstances not requested a meeting with the French president, a palace statement said.

According to Le Figaro however Sarkozy's wife Carla Bruni will attend a religious ceremony led by the Dalai Lama for the opening of a Buddhist temple in Roqueredonde in southern France.

The Dalai Lama was scheduled to visit France in the coming week, where his agenda included conferences and spiritual gatherings with Tibetan exiles.

Sarkozy will on Friday travel to the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. Ties between France and China had previously been strained after chaotic scenes marred the French leg of the Olympic torch relay.