FRENCH DRAFT PROPOSAL DISCUSSION BEGINS IN PARLIAMENT
By Anadolu News Agency, Paris

Zaman, Turkey
May 18 2006

The draft proposal, which was submitted by the Socialist Party to
parliament in France, and criminalizes denial of the Armenian genocide,
will receive parliamentary discussion as a second topic at today's
sessions in the parliament.

In the statement that was earlier posted on the parliament web site,
the draft proposal put forward by the Socialists had been announced
to be handled as the third topic.

If discussion over the draft proposal remained after 1:30 pm,
discussions would begin again after October next year, the beginning
of a new legislation year.

Reportedly, treating the proposal as the second topic increases its
chances of being voted on if its discussion in parliamentary ends
before 1:30 pm local time.