French Genocide Bill Angers Turkey
By SONJA DECHIAN | Published: DECEMBER 20, 2011
A bill due to go before the French parliament on Thursday would make it illegal to deny the 1915 Armenian genocide. The draft law proposes a one year prison sentence and 45,000 euro fine for anyone guilty of denying the killings constitute genocide.
‘Let it go to the trouble of highlighting and looking at what happened in Africa, in Rwanda and Algeria,’ Erdogan said. He suggested the bill was aimed at pleasing the 500,000 French voters of Armenian descent.
France officially recognized the Armenian genocide in 2001. French President Nicholas Sarkozy has previously urged Turkey to recognize the killings as genocide, but the Turkish government maintains the events of 1915 do not fit the definition of genocide.