Despite Roadblock, French Genocide Bill Set for Vote

The French Senate building

PARIS (AFP)—A French Senate committee on Wednesday rejected a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian genocide, but the move was unlikely to stop the bill passing at a final vote on Monday.

The French lower house approved the law last month, threatening anyone who denies that the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turk forces amounted to genocide with jail, drawing a threat of sanctions from Turkey.

Ankara froze political and military ties with France when the bill was passed by the National Assembly, and has threatened further measures if it continues through the Senate or is approved by President Nicolas Sarkozy.

The Senate’s Laws Commission approved a motion on Wednesday rejecting the bill as inadmissible by 23 votes for, nine against and eight abstentions.

A plenary Senate session on Monday will now vote on the committee’s motion, but most senators opposed to the bill are expected to abstain, allowing the Senate to take a final vote on the bill itself.

France recognized the Genocide in 2001, but the new bill would go further, by punishing anyone who denies this with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros ($57,000).

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  1. bayrakiniyakan said:

    a half million Armenians against 75 million strong postulation of powerful NATO Turkey!
    here the weapons of the war , Armenian side with justice and truth !
    the Turkish side with threats and blackmail !
    on Jan 23 we will find out which side France would be !
    no mater what the results be the struggle will never take a break until final justice and the verdict
    the world TURKEY GUILTY OF MANY GENOCIDES !

  2. Satenik said:

    May justice prevail! May good defeat evil! Long live Armenia! Long Live Justice and those who believe in it!

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