Thousands Protest Aliyev Visit to Paris

A scene from the prostest in France

PARIS—More than 2000 gathered in front of the Azerbaijan’s Embassy in Paris Tuesday to protest Azeri President Aliyev’s visit to France.

Earlier in the day, Aliyev met with French President Francois Hollande, who told him to work hard to restore Armenia’s confidence and pursue the Nagorno-Karabakh peace process within the framework of the OSCE Minsk Group, reported the official presidential Web site.

The protesters called on the French government to press Aliyev to immediately incarcerate Ramil Safarov, the axe-murderer who killed Armenian soldier Gurgen Margaryan in 2004 during a NATO Partnership for Peace mission in Budapest.

Safarov, who was tried and found guilty, was serving a life sentence in Budapest before Hungary agreed to extradite him to Baku on August 31. Upon setting foot in Azerbaijan, Safarov was pardoned and promoted to the rank of major in the Azeri Army.

Bureau of the Armenian Cause in France (BFCA/ANC France) executive director Hratch Varjabedian reported that several French Parliament members representing the entire French political spectrum turned out for the protest and joined their voices with French-Armenian community.

The demonstration and the Armenian community’s opposition to Aliyev’s visit was widely covered by the French press.


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  1. GB said:

    I wonder where Hungry keep that murdered weapon, that famous Hungarian made Ax??

    Hungry should send blood soaked ax to Baku’s Wax Museum, the chamber of horrors, for another billion dollars deal, where horsey Alioff’s Mental Illness Symptoms, will improve a lot!!

  2. Garo said:

    Bravo, French Armenians. I hope more Armenian communities all over the world emulate your commitment and support to Armenia and the Armenian Cause.

  3. George said:

    Azerbaijan is a Terrorist country, It’s time that Iran and Armenia invade Azerbaijan and split between them.

    • Born of Apricots said:

      Oh yes, this will happen, after the failed israeli attack of Iran from Azerbaijan. We will get the entire right bank of the Kura river and Nakhichevan. With those historic Armenian lands, Armenia will have food security. The failed state of Georgia will, in time, give in to Armenian and Russian pressures and lose to Armenia it’s southern border lands all the way to Batumi. turkey’s eastern trade routes will be closed. turkey as a conduit of energy resources will be kaput. We will face west toward our occupied lands in toorkiyeh with confidence. Stupid American and toorkish foreign policy will lead to more Armenian victories.

  4. John Ahmaranian said:

    Usually a visiting presinent is offered the key of the city. The Armenians of Paris must present to
    Alyev an axe !

  5. Papken Hartunian said:

    Armenians must be able to speak through their guns! Our journalist must hold USA responsible to this crime.
    The English classes was offered by FBI who was respnisble to provide safe envionment to the students.
    Armenians in USA must file complaint against USA.