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French parliament to consider new bill on Armenian Genocide

17:16, 11.02.2013 Region: World News, Armenia Theme: Politics

A new bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial has been submitted to the National Assembly of France, Nouvelles d’Arménie reported quoting lawyer Philippe Krikorian.

The author of the second bill is Valerie Boyer, an MP who initiated the previous document.  

The new bill is based on the “criminalization of the denial of genocides and war crimes”, an article adopted by the European Parliament. It supposes a year imprisonment and a fine of €45 thousand for genocide denial.

The bill proposed by Valerie Boyer was adopted by the French National Assembly and ratified by the Senate on January 23.  However, a group of MPs and Senators, influenced by pro-Turkish and pro-Azerbaijani lobbyists, appealed the bill in the Constitutional Council.



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