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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January 23rd, 2012
10:41 AM ET

French Senate to vote on Armenian genocide bill

The French Senate is expected to vote Monday on controversial legislation that would criminalize any public denial of what the bill calls the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey last century.

Turkey has expressed anger over the bill - passed last month by the French National Assembly, the lower house of Parliament - and relations between the two governments have deteriorated over the matter.

The Republic of Armenia has hailed the French move.

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January 23rd, 2012
03:49 AM ET

French Senate to vote on bill claiming Armenian genocide

The French Senate is expected to vote Monday on controversial legislation that would criminalize any public denial of what the bill calls the Armenian genocide in Ottoman Turkey last century.

Turkey has expressed anger over the bill - passed last month by the French National Assembly, the lower house of parliament - and relations between the two governments have deteriorated over the matter.

If the Senate, the upper house of parliament, ratifies the bill, ties between the two countries could unravel further.

The day after the National Assembly approved the bill, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey ratcheted up the rhetoric, accusing France of "genocide" during the war in Algeria in the 1950s and 1960s.

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