Paris to confer Dalai Lama with honorary citizenship

PARIS - Paris will host the Dalai Lama June 7 for a ceremony in which Mayor Bertrand Delanoe will confer on Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader honorary citizenship of the French capital, RTL radio reported Tuesday.

The Dalai Lama was named an honorary citizen of Paris April 22, 2008, four months before the Beijing Olympics, a decision that enraged Chinese authorities.

A later meeting in Germany between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama created diplomatic tensions between Paris and Beijing that have only recently been resolved.

It is expected that because of pressure exerted on the Paris City Hall by Sarkozy’s office, the ceremony will be more discreet than originally planned.

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