French minister may boycott Games opener if Tibet repression worsens

March 25th, 2008 - 5:19 pm ICT by admin  

Paris, March 25 (DPA) The French junior minister for human rights, Rama Yade, told the daily Le Figaro in an interview published Tuesday that she might boycott the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games if the crisis caused by Tibetan anti-Chinese protests worsens. Asked if she would attend the Aug 8 festivities, Yade said, “No-one yet knows the makeup of the French delegation (to the Games). All I can say that if the situation deteriorates, I don’t see how I can take part in this sporting event without reacting.”

The Paris-based media rights group Reporters Without Borders has urged government officials around the world to boycott the opening ceremony in Beijing.

Yade also told the newspaper that she was prepared to receive the Dalai Lama “willingly and without reservations.”

Like French President Nicolas Sarkozy, Yade called on the Chinese authorities to resume talks with the exiled Tibetan religious leader’s representatives.

“A saying by Confucius goes, ‘To dominate others, that is being strong. To dominate oneself, this is being powerful.’ The ball is now in the court of the Chinese authorities,” Yade said.

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