Macron to Designate April 24 as Armenian Genocide Memorial Day in France

French President Emanuel Macron and First Lady, Brigitte at Dzidzernagapert Memorial Monument on Oct. 11, 2018
French President Emanuel Macron and First Lady, Brigitte at Dzidzernagapert Memorial Monument on Oct. 11, 2018

French President Emanuel Macron and First Lady, Brigitte at Dzidzernagapert Memorial Monument on Oct. 11, 2018

YEREVAN—French President Emanuel Macron announced Thursday that France will declare a national day of remembrance for the Armenian Genocide April 24 as he honored the victims of the Genocide first at Dzidzernagapert Memorial Complex and later Charles Aznavour Cultural Center, where he attended a dedication ceremony.

Macron, who is in Armenia to attend the 17th Summit of La Francophonie, accompanied by his wife, Brigitte, visited the Dzidzernagapert Armenian Genocide Memorial Complex and laid a wreath in memory of the victims. He and his wife also planted a tree in the Memory Garden and visited the Armenian Genocide Museum where they signed the Memory Book.

French President Emanuel Macron signs the Memory Book at the Genocide Mjuseum

French President Emanuel Macron signs the Memory Book at the Genocide Mjuseum

“We are here today with difficult emotions and feelings. On behalf of France, I pay homage to all those who fell with ‘the sun in their eyes,’ those who ‘just wanted to live.’ France denounced the genocide back in 1915 by its scholars. And it accepted the children and families who were fleeing the genocide, who enriched our nation even more,” Macron said in his note in the Memory Book.

“France will never forget and will fight for truth and recognition. We bow to those, who fell for present and future generations,” Macron added in the Memory Book.

At the dedication of the Charles Aznavour House and Cultural Center, Macron told those gathered that he and Aznavour were scheduled to meet at the ceremony, but alas the great singer’s death on October 1 prevented him from carrying out that promise.

French President Emanuel Macron,, First Lady Brigitte Macron and Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan at Dzidzernagapert

French President Emanuel Macron,, First Lady Brigitte Macron and Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan at Dzidzernagapert

“We bid farewell to him last week in Paris and thanked him. Today we are here, remaining faithful to our promise given to him. We have to continue his struggle, which he never abandoned,” Macron said.

“Together with the Diaspora we will continue Charles Aznavour’s struggle for the international recognition of the Armenian Genocide. That struggle is also the struggle of France,” said Macron, pledging that April 24 will become a national Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in France.

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  1. Simon Shekerjian said:

    Monsieur le President,
    Je suis un Armenien d’origine Libanaise, ayant une Education Francaise au College Saint Gregoire a Beyrouth, vivant actuellement en Californie, Studio City. J’aime la langue Francaise, l’une des meilleures langues completes au monde. Mes Parents ont ete des survivants du Genocide en 1915. J’apprecie infiniment et remercie votre approche a notre inoubliale cause, perpetree par les autorites Turques. Rares sont des Personnalites de votre genre d’avoir l’audace et la sincerite de declarer votre Sympathie et votre soutien et Connection a notre cause. Il n’y aura pas au monde un Armenien qui ne vous respectera et ne vous aura dans son coeur tant qu;’il vivra.
    Mon nom de famille est Shekerjian (Chekerdjian en Francais, ce qui veux dire “Confectionneur de Bonbobs (Sucre). Aux deportations, quand mes parents sont arrives au Liban, mon pere avait dix ans. Ils etaient tous presentes aupres des fonctionnaires gouvernemental pour avoir une carte d’identite. Le fonctionnaire sdemanda a mon pere son prenom, mon pere repnodit: Guiragos. Et votre nom de Famille? Mon pere a repondu: Je ne sais pas. Alors le fonctionnaire lui demanda: Quesque ton pere travaillait? Mon pere a repondu: Confectionneur de bonbons. Cheker est Sucre like Sugar en Anglais. Alors notre nom est devenu Chkerdjian, (Shekerjian).
    Avec tous mes Respects et Devouements,
    Simon Shekerjian
    Liseur de tous les incomparables romans de MICHEL ZEVACO
    Champion Cycliste au Liban en 1956

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