Hollande Working on New Bill Criminalizing Denial of Armenian Genocide


President François Hollande with Prof. Mark Moogalian

President François Hollande with Prof. Mark Moogalian

PARIS (Armenpress) — The annual dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France was held on January 28 in Paris’s l’Hôtel du Collectionneur. The event was attended by French President Francois Hollande, the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, singer Charles Aznavour, as well as French-Armenian public and political figures.

In his speech, Hollande said that France resumed discussions on the preparation of a law criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide mentioning that he entrusted its preparation to the former president of the European Court of Human Rights Jean-Paul Costa.

“I have called on Jean-Paul Costa, who is one of our best lawyers, to make our legislation to find any substantial way which undoubtedly will defend the memory of Armenian Genocide,” Francois Hollande announced followed by applauses of the attendance, the official website of Élysée Palace reported.

Hollande stressed the unconditional constitutionality of the new law as if it is appealed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), “It will be a terrible defeat for France and disclaimer for Hay Dat.”

The French President also assured that the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide has nothing to do with elections.

“The problem is to reconcile. Armenia and Turkey should always know that France will always be there to help them find a dialogue,” said the president.