Aung San Suu Kyi in France on Final Leg of European Tour

Posted June 26th, 2012 at 9:55 am (UTC-5)
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Burmese democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi has arrived in France, on the final leg of her historic European tour.

The 67-year-old Nobel prize laureate arrived in Paris by train from London Tuesday afternoon.

She is scheduled to meet with President Francois Hollande for dinner and a press conference.

During her trip, she will also meet with the heads of the National Assembly and the Senate, the foreign minister, and the mayor of Paris.

Aung San Suu Kyi's tour of Europe has included visits to Britain, Switzerland, Ireland and Norway.

In Norway, she received the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize denied her while under house arrest in Burma.

During her stop in Britain, Aung San Suu Kyi addressed parliament in London and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Oxford University, where she studied and lived with her family for years before returning to Burma in 1988.

In her address to Britain's parliament, she commended the reforms taking place under Burmese President Thein Sein, but she said without strong institutions in Burma, the process will not be sustainable.

A nominally civilian government came to power in Burma last year, as the country's long-ruling military junta stepped aside. Aung San Suu Kyi — released from nearly two decades of house arrest in November 2010 — won a parliament seat in April elections.