A married couple in Armenia has named their firstborn child in honor of the French president, Nicolas Sarkozy, whose political party had initiated a law – passed through both houses of the country’s parliament recently – criminalizing any public denial of what is recognized in France as the Armenian Genocide in the Ottoman Empire.
ISTANBUL — Turkey has responded angrily to a French legislative vote on criminalizing genocide denial by halting some military cooperation with France, highlighting Ankara’s long-standing refusal to recognize the mass killings of Armenians at the twilight of the Ottoman Empire as genocide…[READ MORE]
Tensions are rising between France and Turkey.
French lawmakers have proposed a bill making it a crime to deny the killing of more than a million Armenians by Turks at the time of World War I was genocide.
The bill proposes a one-year prison term and a fine of 45,000 euros ($59,000) to anyone denying the killings were genocide.