Paris, 10 March, 2014: - Senator Andre Gattolin, a member of the Tibet Group in the French Senate urged the French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday to officially receive the spiritual leader of Tibet His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Hundreds of Tibetans and supporters marked the 55th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of 10 March 1959 with a protest rally in Paris, the capital of France, the official website of Central Tibetan Administration 'Tibet Net' reported.
Under a bright sunny Monday, the Tibetan national flag fluttered throughout the course of over three hours of the event, with Tibetans and supporters chanting slogans of freedom and fundamental human rights and calling on China to enter into dialogue with the Tibetans to find a lasting solution to the Tibet issue.
Mr. Ngodup Dorjee, the Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to EU and Maghreb based in Brussels, and Mr. Andre Gattolin, Senator and a member of the Tibet Group in the French Senate addressed the gathering represented also by many French Tibet support groups.
The Representative read out the Statement of Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay while the French version was read by the President of the Tibetan Community in France.
In his address, Senator Andre Gattolin reiterated on behalf of the Senate Tibet Group expressed his solidarity and sincere support to the Tibetan people's plight and called on the French President Francois Hollande to officially receive His Holiness the Dalai Lama, like President Barak Obama did a couple of weeks ago.
10 March also observed in France by over 600 regional council and municipalities by flying Tibetan national flag as a mark of solidarity with Tibetan people.