France is munching on boycotting the opening ceremony of the Olympics, given the state of things in Tibet.

Belgium is munching on not going at all to the opening ceremony either.

Good on them, seriously. My prediction: A couple of fine words from the Chinese, a temporary withdrawal of some troops, happy games including the French and the Belgians, I mean, who wouldn’t want to go to Beijing eh, and then, more charges. Cynical? Yes.

Added April 5th: It was stated by a member of the French administration that mr Sarkozy will not attent the opening ceremony unless some serious changes re. Tibet are implemented, including an investigation into the recent unrest and a serious dialog with the Dalai Lama. Overruled. No conditions set.