Chinese citizens are once again calling for a boycott of French retailer Carrefour following the controversial meeting between President Nicolas Sarkozy and the Dalai Lama.

The call for a boycott was sent out over the internet, with one blogger, named Mazuqian1391, calling on Chinese compatriots to "unite as one" and avoid buying all French goods.

The French president's meeting was a "violation of Chinese internal affairs", he said, adding that French businesses should be warned that "the boycott we had before worked efficiently".

Groups of Chinese protestors demonstrated outside several of Carrefour's Chinese stores in April after pro-Tibet activists disrupted the Beijing Olympic torch relay in Paris.

A spokesman for Carrefour China declined to comment on the renewed calls for boycott. "We have been informed of the calls for a boycott but we have no comment to make on this," he told just-food.

He also declined to comment on the impact of the April boycott, saying it was "history".

State media warned, however, that the issue could cause a consumer backlash. In an editorial the China Daily said: "Government preference may determine the purchase of Airbuses, or Boeings. But it cannot... make consumers buy from brand names they feel bad about, be it Louis Vuitton or Carrefour."