French President Nicolas Sarkozy is scheduled to hold a long-awaited meeting with the Dalai Lama in the face of sharp protests from Beijing. The French president and the Tibetan spiritual leader are to meet in Gdansk on Saturday during celebrations marking the 25thanniversary of former Polish President Lech Walesa's Nobel Peace Prize. China has demanded Sarkozy cancel the meeting, and has already called off a major China-EU summit in protest. Beijing has also warned the meeting could have an impact on France's relations with China.