FRENCH SENATORS APPEAL TO CONSTITUTIONAL COUNCIL OPPOSING GENOCIDE BILL

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January 31, 2012 | 14:58

Constitutional Council of France accepted on Tuesday Senators' appeal
against the bill criminalizing genocide denial, European Democratic
and Social Rally parliamentary group informed AFP.

Seventy-two signatures have been collected so far, although only 60
were enough, Le Figaro writes.

With a vote of 127 in favor and 86 against, France's Senate passed
on January 23 criminalizes the denial of the genocides which this
country has formally recognized.

This bill sets a one-year prison sentence plus a 45-thousand-Euro fine
for anyone who denies these genocides. According to the regulations,
the French President will ratify it within fifteen days of the Senate's
decision. And Turkey had announced earlier that if the bill were to
pass, it will impose a number of sanctions against France.

Constitutional Council can censor the law which it considers
unconstitutional if 60 appeals from the Senators are received.

The Council will decide whether the law is constitutional in a month.