March 31, 2014 - 15:06 AMT

PanARMENIAN.Net - Anne Hidalgo, the candidate of France's ruling
Socialist Party, will be the first female mayor of Paris after winning
municipal elections in the French capital on Sunday, March 31, exit
polls indicated, according to Agence France-Presse.

Hidalgo, 54, the number two to current mayor Bertrand Delanoe,
claimed 54.5 percent of second round votes in the capital, comfortably
beating her centre-right rival, former government minister Nathalie
Kosciusko-Morizet (45.5 percent), the polls suggested.

Earlier, Ms Hidalgo named Turkey's recognition of the Armenian Genocide
as a precondition for Ankara's accession to the EU.

"The recognition will make Turkey stronger," she said.

Ms Hidalgo further expressed support for adoption of the Genocide
denial law, further referring to President Hollande's pledge to work
out a legal instrument that won't meet the ban of the Constitutional

"Denial of tragic pages of history is what prevents building a new
future," she said.

Ms Hidalgo vowed to perpetuate the April 24 commemorative events
if elected a mayor, with Paris Mayor's Office to extend financial
support to the Genocide centennial events in 2015.

On January 23, 2012 the French Senate passed the bill making
it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide. The bill envisaged
a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France
who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman
Empire. However, the French Constitutional Council ruled the bill as
anti-constitutional. In a statement the Council said the document
represented an "unconstitutional breach of the practice of freedom
of expression and communication

Later, President Hollande pledged to redraft the law criminalizing
the Armenian Genocide denial in France, stressing the need to ensure
the legal framework to avoid censorship by the Constitutional Council.

From: Baghdasarian