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Paris: - Parliamentary Group for Tibet in the French National Assembly, the lower house, has called on the President Francois Hollande to raise issue of Tibet with his Chinese counterpart when he visits China soon.

In a statement released yesterday, the group urged France in partnership with the European Union, and the international community, to take a clear and firm position on the issue of Tibet, and not to sacrifice the issue for economic interest.

The group also urged China to allow unfettered access into Tibet to everyone including the media, and to respect Tibetan people's right to autonomy as enshrined in the PRC constitution and resume the dialogue process to find a peaceful solution.

The parliamentary group also affirmed its resolve and commitment to adopt a resolution on freedom of expression of the Tibetan people in the French parliament.

The statement was signed by the Co-presidents Mr. Jean-Patrick GILLE and Mr. Noël MAMERE, Vice-presidents Mr. Patrick BLOCHE, Mr. Philippe FOLLIOT, Mme. Geneviève GAILLARD, Mr. Lionnel LUCA, Mr. Philippe VITEL and the Secretaries Mr. Joël GIRAUD and Paul MOLAC.

Meanwhile, Senator Andre Gattolin questioned the government today (11 April) in the Senate on whether the French President Francois Hollande would raise the issue of human rights conditions in Tibet during his forthcoming China trip.

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