Armenian Genocide Memorial in France Desecrated

An Armenian Genocide memorial in Villeurbanne, France, with an inscription missing letters after being vandalized

VILLEURBANNE, France—A memorial for the Armenian Genocide in the French city of Villeurbanne was desecrated on July 3. Some letters of an inscription on the memorial, which read “Recognize the Armenian Genocide of 1915,” are now missing. The memorial had been unveiled in 2005 ahead of the 90th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide by Mayor Jean-Paul Bret.

“The desecration of the Armenian Genocide memorial in Villeurbanne on the night of July 3 is a new outrage to the memory of the million and a half Armenians exterminated in 1915 under the command of the Young Turk government,” the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) said in a statement, Nouvelles d’Armenia reports.

According to CCAF, this new attack, which came less than eight days after the vandalism of a Missak Manouchian statue in Marseille, is a new affront to human dignity, a blow to the fraternity between peoples and democratic values, and a direct aggression against the Armenian community of France.

The statements emphasizes that this provocation months before the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide proves the need to adopt a law criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, as pledged by the former and current authorities of France.


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  1. GB said:

    This is one of the results of increasing Muslim population in France, when they become under influence of Turkish government illegal activities in Western Europe!

  2. Hagopian hagopian said:

    This is what happens when the west pacifies Armenian freedom fighters and convince them to run frivolously up and down city halls and congressional halls, in order to convince 8 billion people one at a time.
    Now these dogs think they can get away with their vandalism but beware not to wake the souls of the 2 million dead you might fear your own shadows just remember how you felt from 75-89.

  3. Hratch said:

    Amazing the area is not monitored by cameras or a security system. Of course it will be vandalized by vandals if left unprotected.

  4. GeorgeMardig said:

    Sarkosy promissed to adopt a law criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, Hollande promissed too, and so far nothing happened, France is full of BS,

  5. Ruby Minas said:

    Turk is always a turk. Even centuries can not make them human. Just send them to hell which is reserved for them

  6. Norin said:

    These sites should have had cameras, for Gods sake if your gonna spend money to build these memorials, have the sense to set up surveillance systems. In this age of dirt cheap electronics there is no excuse.

  7. Tatul Sonentz-Papazian said:

    This should be a reminder, that our national struggle for true emancipation, neither started, nor will end with an on-going genocide — or its recognition… We have a long, long struggle ahead of us, and taking refuge behind periodic, ritualized commemorations will lead us nowhere.