France to Consider Bill to Recognize Armenian Genocide

PARIS (Itar-Tass)–The French Socialists of the ruling majority party reported their intention to submit to the French National Assembly a bill concerning official recognition by France of the Armenian Genocide of 1915.

According to the Socialists in the National Assembly–this "will be a worthwhile response to the insistent deman’s on the Armenian people."

The new bill is expected to contain a single article stating that "France recognizes the Genocide of the Armenia’s in 1915."

"I see no reason why such a law should be turned down," said Rene Rouket–an initiator of the bill.

The proposition to recognize the Armenian Genocide has been supported by a number of opposition members–including prominent member of the Gaullist Party Patrick Devedjian.

The influential Armenian diaspora in France totals around 300,000 people.

It was announced this week that President Jacques Chirac would pay a visit to Armenia in September.

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