Intrepid French woman unveiled Tibet for the world

July 6th, 2008 - 8:23 pm ICT by IANS  

Chennai, July 6 (IANS) The 73rd birthday of the 14th Dalai Lama is being marked by the University of Madras and Alliance Francaise here Sunday with a three-day festival of Tibetan culture. The festival began with a presentation on an extraordinary French woman, who was one of the only two French explorers to be able to reach the forbidden land of Lhasa in the hundred years between 1846 and 1950.

Many foreign explorers, “missionaries, army officers, diplomats, spies” wanted to have a look at Tibet at the time, explained Claude Arpi, French journalist and historian, speaking on the life Alexandra David-N

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