French Court Rescinds Permission to Build Genocide Monument in Lyon

A Court in the French city of Lyon revoked its previously granted authorization to construct a monument to victims of the Armenian genocide.

The City Council of Lyon is questioning the legality of constructing the monument. The monument–which was to be built in Lyon’s city center–also elicited complaints from people living near the proposed construction site.

The mayor of Lyon–Gerard Collomb announced in 2003 that Lyon would build an Armenian memorial and construction began recently. Several Turkish groups protested against the monument last month–clashing with local French youth. Police said they had to use tear gas and water cannons to separate the two groups.

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