French Senate Adopts Bill Criminalizing Armenian Genocide Denial

(Combined Sources) – On October 14, the Upper House (Senate) of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial, passing with 156 Members of Parliament in favor of the bill and 146 against.

“This is a really serious achievement, we have carried out huge works. Let’s remember that Turks have carried out a serious lobby, but the Senate voted in favor of the option of the bill that has been discussed in the National Assembly in the summer. It means that the French Parliament completely adopted the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial,” Co-Chairman of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France Murad Papazaian said, reported Armenpress

“We welcome the adoption by the French Senate of a bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, which had been approved by the National Assembly in summer,” Armenian Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian said in a statement. “With this step France once again reiterates its valuable role in the condemnation of genocides committed in the past, the fight against denial and the prevention of new crimes against humanity,” Minister Nalbandian said.

In July, the French National Assembly unanimously voted in favor of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide. The bill on “criminalizing the denial of genocides and crimes against humanity” was published on June 29 and envisages imprisonment of one year or a fine of 45,000 euros for the denial of the Armenian Genocide. 

On January 29, 2001, the French President, National Assembly, and Senate proclaimed that France publicly recognizes the Armenian Genocide of 1915

French President Francois Hollande’s Statement on Nagorno Karabakh

April 2, 2016

English Translation:

The President of the Republic deeply regrets the serious incidents in Nagorno Karabakh, near the cease-fire, which resulted in several casualties including civilians.

These events are the most serious and deadly since the agreement reached in 1994 when the conflict had already 30,000 deaths.

The President of the Republic calls on the parties to exercise the utmost restraint and respect the immediate, total, and durable cease-fire. Absolute priority must be calm.

There can be no other solution than negotiated. The President of the Republic, which hosted the Armenian and Azerbaijani Presidents in Paris in October 2014, reaffirms its commitment to a peaceful settlement in the shortest possible time.

French (original):

Le Président de la République déplore profondément les graves incidents survenus au Haut Karabagh, à proximité de la ligne de cessez-le-feu, qui ont fait plusieurs victimes y compris civiles.

Ces événements sont les plus sérieux et les plus meurtriers depuis l’accord obtenu en 1994 alors que le conflit avait déjà fait 30.000 morts.

Le Président de la République appelle les parties à la plus grande retenue et au respect immédiat, total et durable du cessez-le-feu. La priorité absolue doit aller à l’apaisement.

Il ne peut y avoir d’autre issue que négociée. Le Président de la République, qui avait accueilli les Présidents arménien et azerbaïdjanais à Paris en octobre 2014, réaffirme son engagement en faveur d’un règlement pacifique dans les délais les plus brefs.