PanArmenian, Armenia
Jan 4 2012


French Senate to vote on Genocide bill this month


January 4, 2012 - 18:49 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - France's upper house of parliament, the Senate, will
vote this month on a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian Genocide
despite a furious diplomatic spat with Turkey, a government official
told AFP.

On December 22, 2011, French National Assembly passed a bill
criminalizing public denial of the Armenian Genocide. If passed and
signed into law by the Senate, the bill would impose 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.

Turkey has withdrawn its ambassador to Paris, but officials say he may
return shortly in order to lobby against the bill and has threatened
sanctions.