President Nicholas Sarkozy reacted to outbreaks of virulent anti-French feeling in many parts of China due to his remarks about possibly boycotting opening ceremonies of the Olympics and the angry reception accorded torch bearers in Paris, by inviting disabled Chinese torchbearer Jin Jing to visit France again “to make up for the pain you have suffered.” In his letter, which was delivered by French Senate President Christian Poncelet, Sakozy said: “I would like to express to you my shock at the way you were attacked in Paris on April 7 when you were holding the Olympic flame. You showed outstanding courage, which honors you and your country. To make up for the pain you have suffered, I sincerely invite you to France in the near future as my friend and a friend of the French people.”
There have been demonstrations in many parts of China against French business interests such as the Carrefour department chain. Sarkozy emphasized in his letter the attacks on the flame bearers “were brought about by a few people on that sad day and don’t reflect the feelings of my fellow countrymen for the Chinese people.”
French diplomats are busy placating their Chinese counterparts because business should never get in the way of things like human rights. Sarkozy understands that first things first, like making money.