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Paris To Resubmit Bill On Armenian Genocide Denial


French President Francois Hollande

French President Francois Hollande

France plans to vote on a new bill that would criminalize denying that the 1915-16 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide, a local Armenian-lobbying group has said.

French President Francois Hollande said on July 7 that he would support another attempt to pass such a law.

A similar bill passed the National Assembly in December 2011, under Hollande's presidential predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy, but the country's constitutional court struck down the measure as a violation of freedom of speech.

The debate in France has angered Ankara, which suspended political and military cooperation in retaliation for the original bill's passage.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters

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