France says will attend China dissident's Nobel ceremony



France says will attend China dissident`s Nobel ceremony Paris: France will attend the December prize ceremony for Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo despite pressure from Beijing for western countries to boycott it, the French foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"Every year at this prize-giving France is always represented by its ambassador to Norway. This tradition will be upheld this year," ministry spokesman Bernard Valero told reporters.

The ceremony takes place on December 10 in Oslo, home of the Norwegian Nobel Committee which awards the peace prize.

China was enraged by the committee's decision to award the peace prize to Liu, a writer and rights activist who is serving an 11-year prison sentence in China for subversion.

Diplomats from several countries said China's embassy in Oslo had sent letters to western missions implicitly cautioning them not to attend the prize ceremony.

PTI