Today's Zaman, Turkey
Jan 4 2012


Businessman launches fund to combat France's genocide bill

2 4 January 2012 / TODAYSZAMAN.COM WITH AP,

A wealthy French businessman has launched a 1 million euro fund to pay
the fine of anyone convicted in France for denying that the killing of
Armenians by Turks almost a century ago was genocide.

Rachid Nekkaz, who previously offered to pay the fines of Muslim women
penalized for wearing a full-face veil, claims that the real target of
the French bill is Islam, since Turkey is a Muslim country.

The French Parliament has not yet made it a crime to deny that the
1915 killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks constituted genocide. The
bill passed in the lower house on Dec. 22, prompting an angry Turkey
to recall its ambassador and suspend contacts and military
cooperation.



From: Emil Lazarian | Ararat NewsPress