Paris: Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrives for the last leg of her historic European tour on Tuesday in Paris, where she will be treated with the honours of a visiting head of state.

The 67-year-old Nobel Peace laureate comes to France after warm welcomes in Switzerland, Ireland, Norway and Britain and will meet with French President Francois Hollande and other senior officials.

"France will pay tribute to this woman's exceptional struggle for human rights and will mark its active support for the democratic transition under way" in Myanmar, foreign ministry spokesman Bernard Valero said.

Suu Kyi is travelling to Paris by train from London on Tuesday afternoon, before heading to the Elysee Palace for dinner and a press conference with Hollande.

During her three-day visit Suu Kyi will also meet Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and other top political leaders as well as members of the local Myanmar community and her supporters in human rights groups.

Pierre Martial, the head of the France Aung San Suu Kyi association, said her visit to France was motivated by a desire to thank her supporters in the country.

"France is a symbol in the heart of many" in Myanmar, he said. "It remains the country of human rights and it is a country that was very mobilised for her."

"Aung San Suu Kyi wanted to truly thank all those who helped her during these long years of repression," he said.

Martial said she would also use the visit to urge French authorities and businesses to back the country's democratic transition.

"She is calling on some countries to give concrete help, to invest... in a reasonable and fair way, to help the country revive after years of economic and political horror," he said.


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