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The Dalai Lama with the Mayor of Evry Manuel Valls, 12 August 2008 in Evry, France.[/caption]
In 2008, the year of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Dalai Lama was in Evry, France, to inaugurate the biggest Vietnamese Buddhist center in Europe. At that time, the Mayor of Evry was Manuel Valls. He was very outspoken when he addressed the crowd in presence of the Dalai Lama. He said, “I support the Tibetan cause, which is denied in its roots… Here, it is all France which welcomes the Dalai Lama, not only Evry.”
Manuel Valls has just been appointed as the new French Prime Minister, succeeding to Jean Marc Ayrault after the severe defeat of the Socialist party at Municipal/local elections in France. Before that, Manuel Valls was the Minister of Interior and is the most popular Minister of the French Government.
Let’s hope that in his new capacity he will not forget what he said when he was Mayor of Evry. The next visit of the Dalai Lama in France will certainly be a good test.