Bill to Punish Genocide Deniers to be Discussed in French Parliament

PARIS–Legislation, which would punish Genocide deniers in France, introduced by the French Socialist Party, has been calendared for discussion by the French National Assembly on October 12, announced the Armenian Revolutionary Federation Western Europe Central Committee late last week. In an announcement issued on Thursday, the ARF Western Europe Central Committee welcomed the decision by the Socialist Party to place the bill, which was deliberately pulled from the parliamentary agenda in May. The ARF also praised the Socialist Party Secretary General Francois Holland for his leadership in bringing the matter up on the parliamentary agenda. "The ARF believes that the draft legislation should be supported by all political factions," expressed the announcement, in which the French-Armenian community is urged to take part in a rally on October 12 in support of the legislation. "I would like to remind that France recognized the Armenian Genocide on the state level. This is our law and it’s obligatory for everyone," French President Jacques Chirac told a press conference in Yerevan when commenting to a Le Figaro reporter on the Socialist Party’s initiative to adopt a law criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial. The French leader underscored that France is a legal state and any demonstration of racism and xenophobia is punished in compliance with the Penal Code. "The rest, in my opinion, is politics having nothing in common with the legal side of the issue," he said.

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