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French President Nicholas Sarkozy will not attend the opening of the Beijing Olympics unless China opens talks with the Dalai Lama and frees political prisoners, a French minister has said.
Sarkozy aide 'misquoted' on Games
France's human rights minister has denied setting conditions for President Nicolas Sarkozy's attendance at the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony.
Rama Yade said Le Monde newspaper had misquoted her as listing "conditions" for Mr Sarkozy's presence at the event.
"The word 'conditions' was never used," she said. Le Monde stood by its story.
Ms Yade had been quoted as saying Mr Sarkozy would miss the event unless China freed political prisoners and agreed to talk to the Dalai Lama.
Le Monde had quoted Ms Yade as saying: "Three conditions are essential for him to attend: an end to violence against the population and the liberation of political prisoners; light shed on the events in Tibet; and the opening of a dialogue with the Dalai Lama."