February 28th, 2012
12:56 PM ET

French court overturns Armenian genocide denial law

A new French law making it a crime to publicly deny the Ottoman Empire's genocide of Armenians a century ago was ruled unconstitutional Tuesday by France's Constitutional Council.

The measure, which triggered condemnation from modern Turkey, was given final passage by the French Senate and signed into law by President Nicolas Sarkozy last month.

Sarkozy's office immediately issued a statement calling for a new version of the law "taking into account the decision of the Constitutional Council."

"The president believes that genocide denial is intolerable and must be punished in this regard," the statement said.

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  1. DonVito

    Ä°f the so called 'genocide' was true, there wouldn t be a single armenian left in this planet.

    March 16, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
    • ARMENIAN

      There are facts, historical facts, not one or two, there are plenty of facts.Before saying something you are not sure,or don't know, think a little bit. It has been almost a century of denial from Turkey. They are doing everything they can to stop the truth to be heard. And we are going to do everything we can to tell the truth to the whole world. If you are questioning the Armenian Genocide can you answer to my simple question.....Where are 1,5 million armenians that where living in Turkey in the beginning of 20th century???? At that time it was half of population of armenians around the world.

      April 24, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
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    May 12, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
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