French MP to boycott Chinese president

22nd January 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 21 (AFP) - The head of the French parliamentary committee on Tibet announced on Wednesday that he intended to boycott a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao before the French National Assembly next week.

PARIS, Jan 21 (AFP) - The head of the French parliamentary committee on Tibet announced on Wednesday that he intended to boycott a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao before the French National Assembly next week.

"I will not be present in parliament for the visit by the president of the world's largest dictatorship," said Lionnel Luca, a member of the right-wing ruling majority.

"I will join the associations defending freedom and democracy in both Tibet and China in the Invalides" square, near the French foreign ministry, where a demonstration has been planned to coincide with Hu's speech on Tuesday.

Hu will make a state visit to France from January 26 to 29 as Paris and Beijing mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations.

Luca added that he would meet separately with the Chinese leader to deliver a text urging him to commute the death sentence passed on a Tibetan monk whose execution is set for April 7, and to renew contacts with representatives of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's spiritual leader.

China has ruled Tibet since a takeover in 1951. The Dalai Lama has led a campaign for Tibetan independence since fleeing into exile in 1959.

© AFP

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