Thekchen Chöling, Dharamsala, India - In a letter to Madame Bernadette Chirac offering his condolences on the death of her husband President Jacques Chirac His Holiness the Dalai Lama wrote:
“I had the privilege of knowing Monsieur Chirac ever since he was elected Mayor of Paris. I counted him among the friends of the Tibetan people. When he was President of France, I admired the way he cultivated close cooperation with Germany, which served to strengthen the European Union. I have a dream that similar visionary political projects will spread to Africa, Latin America and Asia.
“His dedication in championing the integration of the European Union will be remembered with respect.”