Sarkozy Dangles Olympic Boycott

'Open' to skipping opening ceremonies if China-Tibet tensions don't improve
By Sam Gale Rosen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 25, 2008 12:35 PM CDT
Tibetan Buddhist nuns sit with Tibetan flags in their hands at the Tsuglakhang temple in Dharmsala before the beginning of a silent protest march.   (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
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(Newser) – Nicolas Sarkozy says "all options are open" in terms of a possible boycott of the opening ceremonies of Beijing's Olympics. While his aides say that France would oppose a full boycott of the games, the French prez is signaling his discontent with China's recent crackdown in Tibet. "I want a dialogue to start and I will step up my response according to the response given by the Chinese authorities," said Sarkozy.

Western nations are pressing China to enter into a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, the BBC reports, whose Tibetan government-in-exile claims 130 people have been killed by Chinese troops in the crackdown. Other world leaders, including George Bush and Gordon Brown, are still planning to attend the opening ceremonies.