Sarkozy Says He Won’t Oppose Genocide Denial Criminalization Bill

French President Nicolas Sarkozy

PARIS—French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a French-Armenian delegation Saturday that he would not oppose a bill pending in the French Senate, which if approved, would criminalize the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

A delegation of the Coordinating Council of Armenia Organization in France met with the French leader at Elysee Palace to discuss the bill and Sarkozy’s position on the matter.

Sarkozy stated that the government would not interfere in Senate decision and guaranteed he would not oppose a vote in the Senate, essentially saying that he would allow senators affiliated with his party to vote their conscience. He also reiterated his position for the need to continue the struggle against Armenian Genocide denial.

The Senate is set to debate and discuss the pill on Wednesday. While the bill is overwhelmingly supported by the Socialist bloc of the Senate, French Armenians indicate that it may meet with opposition from the Communist bloc and other parties.

The CCAF has scheduled a rally-demonstration in front of the Senate on Wednesday. The group held a similar rally last month with Charles Aznavour and a slew of legislators, human rights activists and political officials in attendance.

The CCAF delegation was led by Mourad Papazian and Ara Toranian and included Patrick Devedjian and Levon Sayan, who represented Charles Aznavour as he was in Switzerland for President Sarkisian’s visit there. Jean-David Levitte, the Elysee Palace diplomatic adviser was also on hand at the meeting.


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  1. Vasken said:

    Oh ya sure! Just like Obama, Pelosi, Hoyer, Powers and all the rest of the backstabbing cowards promised right? French, American or what have you…we aren’t going to fall for these cheap tricks again. You politicians around the world are going to have to do a hell of a lot better than just talk if you want us to believe you.

    Remember: Actions speak louder than words.

  2. Necati Genis said:

    I did not get suprised. Because Mr. Sarkozy is always ” french” to the realities.

  3. Johnno said:

    Sarkozy is playing games with Armenians and with Turkey too.

    And why does he not just sink Turkey’s chances of joining the EU? Because he wants to receive natural gas via Turkey.

    Whose side are you on, Sarkozy? Decide or shut up.

    We are sick of you French, like when you left Cilicia and betrayed us in 1920. Did you ever apologize for that? Do you expect us to forget it?

  4. AraK said:

    Once a lier always a liar. I don’t trust this shameless worm.

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  6. hamshetsi said:

    instead of wishy-washy headline like

    “Sarkozy Says He Won’t Oppose Genocide Denial Criminalization Bill”

    how about

    “Sarkozy sets the lead to global recognition of Armenian Holocaust”

    So many politics, and time is ticking away…

  7. immortal Souls of western Armenia risen said:

    if this was his parents and grandparents would he still be not opposing or would he be demanding the criminalization bill?! where are the Human Rights factors in France? stand up France!! speak up now!! France!!

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