The Dalai Lama wrapped up a high-profile visit to France that coincided with the Beijing Olympics by meeting behind closed doors with the French foreign minister following a religious ceremony Friday attended by the first lady.
Friday's ceremony was among the Dalai Lama's sole meetings with French authorities during his 11-day trip to France. Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and Human Rights Minister Rama Yade attended the religious ceremony, the inauguration of a Buddhist temple in the south of France.
The Dalai Lama wound a traditional white Tibetan scarf around the neck of first lady and former supermodel Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. She, Yade and Kouchner wore the long, silk scarves during the ceremony blessing the temple, in the town of Roqueredonde.