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French Parliament to vote on Armenian Genocide bill

A  bill that would make it a crime to deny that the 1915 killings of Armenians was genocide will be voted on by the French Parliament on Thursday, Today’s Zaman reports. 

The bill – prepared by Valerie Boyer, a deputy from the main opposition party, the Republicans – states any denial of the genocide and the crimes against humanity committed in the 20th century should be a punishable crime.

The bill was discussed by the parliamentary Justice Commission on Nov. 25.

Turkey had suspended military, economic and political ties with France when the lower house of the French Parliament passed a similar bill in December 2011.

The French Senate then also passed the bill in January 2012, ignoring warnings from Turkey that passage of the legislation would lead to additional sanctions.

A month later, France’s Constitutional Council overturned the bill.

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