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Sarkozy Confirms Intention To Present New Genocide Bill

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French President Nicholas Sarkozy has promised Armenians he will eventually secure the adoption of a law that would make it a crime to deny that the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks amounted to genocide.

Sarkozy made the pledge at a meeting with representatives of the French Armenian community at Elysee Palace on March 7.

The French parliament passed a bill introducing a punishment of up to one year in prison or a fine of 45,000 euros for denying that the genocide occurred.

But France's Constitutional Council later declared the bill unconstitutional, prompting Sarkozy's office to express "great disappointment and profound sadness" and vow to get a more acceptable version of the bill approved into law.

Sarkozy is running for reelection in April and critics have accused him of using the genocide issue to garner support among France's ethnic Armenian minority population, estimated at around 600,000 people.

With Itar-TASS and panARMENINAN.net reporting
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by: Donovan from: PA
March 10, 2012 15:43
Eventually, eh. And when would that be, after re-election or before?
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
March 10, 2012 19:02
What reelection, Donovan? Monsieur Narcozy is getting kicked out - get prepared for the new Socialist President of France François Hollande on May 6th!!!
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by: alpi from: Ankara
March 11, 2012 08:22
It doesn't matter when. Sarkozy wants to get the Armenian and ultra right's votes but more than that he wants to keep the Paris-Berlin axis as a dominant factor in EU. He knows well that once a full member second only to Germany (only for two decades) Turkey is not going to vote with them, but with Britain, Italy and Spain. The draft law has been cancelled because it restricts freedom of speech. Now two US senators want to revive it in the USA. I belive the US can find more interesting and useful things to import from France.

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