French Senate to Address Genocide Bill in Fall

PARIS (Noyan Tapan)–The Armenian Genocide recognition bill pending in the French Senate will be part of that legislative body’s fall agenda–a group of senators reported Thursday–adding that efforts to bring the matter to the full Senate on June 27 were changed.

The senators said the change resulted from a group of leftist and rightist senator opting to delay discussion–in order to provide ample time to lobby their colleagues in the senate to vote for the resolution and not be swayed by external or internal pressures.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported that the Paris-based Le Figaro newspaper called the failure to recognize the Armenian Genocide by the French president and the government inexplicable.

The newspaper warned that France would be in a tight position after it assumes the presidency of the European Union next year. The newspaper also touched on the senate’s unanimous vote to condemn slavery in the 16th century during a session on March 23–adding that the rationalization that law-makers are not elected to judge history were misplaced.

Certain senators used the aforementioned rationalization in defense of the their actions regarding the Armenian Genocide bill.

In conclusion–the newspaper urged the French Senate to recognize the Genocide.

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