Despite disapproval from French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s party, which is working on improving relations with the Chinese government, Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoe has championed the Dalai Lama by making the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader an honorary citizen of the City of Light.


Chinese protesters have been picketing French supermarket Carrefour, accusing it of supporting the Dalai Lama.

Beijing accuses the Dalai Lama of inciting unrest in Tibet – claims he has denied.

Chinese officials are launching a two-month “patriotic education” in Tibet, in which Communist Party officials and local people will gather to denounce the spiritual leader.

The Dalai Lama, who lives in exile in India, insists he has no political role and played no part in the protests by Tibetan Buddhist monks that erupted into rioting in the main city Lhasa last month.

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