François Hollande to Join French Armenians at Annual Dinner

French President François Hollande speaks during a press conference in Yerevan in May 2014.


PARIS—On Jan. 28, French President François Hollande will participate in an annual dinner hosted by the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France, the President’s press office reports.

President Hollande will lead the annual dinner in Paris, during which the French Armenian community’s events program for the Armenian Genocide’s centenary year will be launched. The Chairman of the Coordination Council, and newly-elected Bureau member of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF), Mourad Papazian, told Armenpress news agency that the dinner will be attended by France’s political elite – ministers, members of parliament, local officials, and the President’s advisors and office staff. Notable French intellectuals, journalists and lawyers will also be in attendance.

“Today we know that the event will be attended by the Minister of Interior Affairs Bernard Cazeneuve and the French Secretary of State for European Affairs Harlem Désir,” Papazian said. “Certainly, issues related to the centenary of the Armenian Genocide, the recognition of the Genocide by Turkey, the French Armenian community, Armenia-France relations, as well as the visit of the President of France François Hollande on April 24, 2015, will be discussed.”

“This is a sign of serious support. It will mean that France is with the Armenian people, the Armenian Cause, and Armenia,” said Papazian.

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