FRENCH COURT REJECTS GENOCIDE DENIAL BILL

EuroNews
Feb 28 2012
France

France's top legal body has thrown out a law making it illegal to deny
that the 1915 mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide.

Ankara has already welcomed the news, saying a "grave crisis" has
been avoided.

Both houses of parliament had approved the bill which made denying
genocide a crime in a move which strained ties between France and
Turkey.

The law was due to be ratified by President Nicolas Sarkozy by the
end of the month.

But not the Consitutional Council has rejected it on the grounds
it runs the against the freedom of expression enshrined in France's
founding documents.