FRENCH PARLIAMENT APPROVED A BILL CRIMINALIZING THE DENIAL OF THE ARMENIAN GENOCIDE
The French Senate is expected to vote on the bill in March 2012
The French Parliament yesterday approved a bill criminalizing the denial of the , and rendering it punishable with a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 Euros.
The bill banning denial was adopted by a majority of votes.
The vote followed the December 7 decision by the Judiciary Committee of the National Assembly to adopt the bill introduced by MP Valerie Boyer (UMP).
The MPs who spoke highlighted the stories of survivors who arrived in France after the genocide, and talked about the significance of honoring the memory of the victims, the survivors, and their descendants, as well as safeguarding historical truth.
Several proposed amendments that aimed at diluting the bill were voted down.
More than two thousand Turks demonstrated against the bill outside the French Parliament building.
The French Senate is expected to vote on the bill in March 2012.
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