May 1 2006

YEREVAN, MAY 1, ARMENPRESS: Some 1,500 government officials, diplomats,
religious leaders, members of the Armenian community and journalists
were present at an April 28 reception organized by the municipality
of Paris to commemorate the victims of the Armenian genocide.

The municipality has been holding this reception for six years
now. Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoe and Armenian ambassador to France,
Edward Nalbandian, addressed the present. The solidarity of the French
people with Armenia, reflected particularly, in France's official
recognition of the Armenian genocide, was highlighted.

Special events to honor the genocide victims were also held in many
towns of the Paris region. The authorities of Iles de France, that
embraces Paris with all its suburbs, have decided to print 500,000
copies of a booklet educating the Armenian genocide and distribute
it to schools.