France Senate Adopts Bill to Criminalize Genocide Denial


PARIS (Armenpress) — The Upper House (Senate) of the French Parliament adopted the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial through voting on October 14, Co-Chairman of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France Mofrancegenocideurad Papazian said.

A total of 156 MPs voted 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 summer. It means that the French Parliament completely adopted the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial,” he said.

The French National Assembly has unanimously voted in favor of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide in July, submitted to the National Assembly by the French Government. The text of the bill “Criminalizing the denial of genocides and crimes against humanity” was published on June 29 and envisages imprisonment of one year or a fine amounting 45.000 euros for the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

There were some MPs who said the provision on criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial must be removed from the bill, but the Armenian community has carried out works and reached to the point in order to submit the option which has been adopted in summer and included the criminalization of the Armenian Genocide denial to the Senate’s discussion.

Foreign Minister Edward Nalbandian on hailed the French Senate’s decision to criminalize the denial of the Armenian Genocide.

“We welcome the Senate’s move to approve the draft law adopted by the National Assembly back in summer,” a Foreign Ministry statement said.

According to the Armenian foreign office, France thus reiterates its role in fighting denial of genocides and preventing the recurrence of new crimes against humanity.