FRENCH PRESIDENT PLEDGES TO INTRODUCE NEW GENOCIDE BILL ONCE REELECTED
- French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Wednesday met with representatives of French-Armenian organizations. The event brought together Armenia's Ambassador to France, Vigen Chitechyan; Hauts-de-Seine Department Council Chairman, Patrick Devedjian; film producer Alain Terzian; world-renowned singer Charles Aznavour's impresario, Levon Sayan; and many others.
During the meeting, Sarkozy reconfirmed his commitment to introduce a new bill that criminalizes the denial of genocides, including the Armenian Genocide. He stressed that he will introduce this law proposal once he is reelected president.
To note, in 2001 France formally recognized—by a law—the Armenian Genocide. But the country's Constitutional Council recently deemed unconstitutional the bill that criminalizes the denial of genocides, including the Armenian Genocide. Subsequently, Sarkozy commissioned the Government to prepare a new law proposal, but he Government informed that the draft law cannot be examined within the term of the current parliament, which came to a close. Consequently, it will be postponed until the parliamentary sessions that will be held following France's presidential and parliamentary elections to be conducted this May and June respectively.
- 0 Day of Women, Maternity and Beauty.
- 1878 The Armenian delegation, headed by Mkrtitsh Khrimyan "Hairik", left Constantinople to attend the Berlin Conference that dealt with the Armenian Question and the issues of the Treaty of San Stefano.
- 1892 Death of Srapion Hekimian, a prominent figure in the renaissance of the Armenian theater, acting and dramaturgy. He was born in 1832.
- 1911 Birth of Alan Vaness Chakmakjian (Alan Hovhanness), composer. He died in 2000.
- 1911 Birth of Alan Hovhannes (composer).
- 1919 Publication of Sultan Mohamed the 6th's Wahid-ed-din's Imperial Proclamation on starting court proceedings against the Young Turk government's leaders and the "Union and Progress" Party heads.
- 1956 Death of Dro (Drastamat Kanayan). He led the victorious Armenian troops who fought off the Turkish attack at Aparan in 1918. His remains were transferred there in 2001. He was born in 1884.
- 1965 Vanadzor's (Kirovakan) Thermal Power Station is put on line.
- 1965 People's Artist Martiros Saryan (painter) is declared a Hero of Socialism.
- 1969 Opening of Yerevan's Drama Theatre with the presentation of "Anoosh".
- 1975 The UN officially proclaims March 8 as International Women's Day. The world celebrated this day since 1910.