French Senate passes Armenian genocide law


23 January 2012 Last updated at 17:41 ET

French Senate passes Armenian genocide law

Turkish citizens from France and other European countries demonstrate in Paris Saturday Jan. 21, 2012, to protest against a law that makes it a crime to deny genocide against Armenians Thousands of people took to the streets of Paris on Saturday to demonstrate against the bill

The French Senate has approved a controversial bill that makes it a criminal offence to deny that genocide was committed by Ottoman Turks against Armenians during World War I.

Armenia says up to 1.5 million people died in 1915-16 as the Ottoman empire split. Turkey rejects the term genocide and says the number was much smaller.

The measure will now be sent to President Sarkozy for final approval.

The bill’s passage in the lower house caused major tensions with Turkey.

Ankara froze ties with France after the vote last month and promised further measures if the Senate backed the proposal.

In the event the Senate approved the bill by 127 votes to 86.

The BBC’s correspondent in Istanbul, Jonathan Head, says stronger Turkish measures could include the withdrawal of ambassadors and creating more barriers to French businesses in Turkey.

In the first reaction from Ankara, Justice Minister Sadullah Ergin condemned the bill.

“The decision made by the Senate is a great injustice and shows total lack of respect for Turkey,” he told the CNN-Turk television channel.

The Turkish embassy in Paris warned that if President Sarkozy approved the bill, the damage done to relations between the two countries would be permanent.

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2 Replies to “French Senate passes Armenian genocide law”

  1. Ankara froze ties with France after the vote last month and promised further measures if the Senate backed the proposal.

    Turkey is all bluster- they will back down as they have too many hostage Turks in Europe, and also want to join the EU. If they don’t and continue their aggression against France and Germany, they will place their cuckoos in Europe in jeopardy.

  2. Good, way too many people either don’t know about the genocide there or think it wasn’t very bad. It didn’t reach the numbers of the Holocaust but then it wasn’t carried out over as long a period of time.

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