BY JEAN ECKIAN
YEREVAN—To mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Jean-Jaurès (1859-1914), a large delegation of lawmakers and proponents of the Armenian cause in France, led by Bruno Le Roux (President of the Socialist faction in the French National Assembly), are traveling to Yerevan at the invitation of the Armenian Revolutionary Federation (ARF) and the Armenian National Committee of France (CDCA).
The delegation will attend several ceremonies at the Dzidzernagapert Memorial of the Armenian Genocide, as well as a conference at the French University of Yerevan, titled “Jean Jaurès and Armenians.” The tour continues with the opening of an exhibition of Jaurès and the Armenian cause.
Among the participants are Françoise Dumas, Luc Carvounas, Rene Rouquet, Pascal Popelin, Erwan Binet, Nathalie Nieson, Serge Franceschi, Mourad Papazian, Harout Mardirossian, Alexis Govciyan, Richard Ananian, Jirig Gharapetian, Dikran Tchertchian, and Vartan Kaprielian.
On 1897, Jaurès was the only one to raise his voice in the House of Representatives to denounce the massacre of Armenians. He famously said: “Humanity cannot live with the corpse of a murdered people in his basement.”