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The Dalai Lama in Toulouse: On Soft Power, Le Pen, and Unfallen Shoes

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Chinese communist party / Cultural Politics / EU-East Asia relations / French / Sino-French Relations / Sino-German Relations / Tibet

Back in July, while on a late-night stroll through the 5th Arrdondisment looking for Rue Oberkampf, I chanced upon an announcement of the Dalai Lama’s mid-August trip to Toulouse, France, a city which appears to have become a kind of new Buddhist heartland. To follow up: The Dalai Lama indeed went to Toulouse, and a short clip from a French television station captures very well the local excitement and the huge crowds (over 10,000 attendees, […]