Boycott Carrefour, say the Chinese

BEIJING: The political clashes ahead of this year's Olympic games have spread into the world of food retailing, with Chinese activists urging shoppers to stay away from the French retailer Carrefour following trouble during the Olympic torch's procession through Paris earlier this month. A message circulating on the internet accuses the retailer of backing the Dalai Lama, who has been blamed by Beijing for sparking unrest in Tibet. Protesters demanding independence for Tibet have disrupted the torch procession in London, Paris and San Francisco. The boycott message said that adding Carrefour's alleged support for the Dalai Lama to the "French people's support for Tibetan separatists during the Paris leg of the torch relay, there is truly no reason to give the French money by buying their goods".