France to present new Armenian genocide law in autumn

 France is to present a new law punishing denial of the Armenian genocide in the autumn, the head of a group representing Armenians in France said on Monday.


Franck Papazian, co-president of the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF), told AFP he would meet with President Francois Hollande in the second half of this month to discuss the bill "which will be prepared by the government and proposed in the autumn."


Hollande on Saturday confirmed plans for a new law criminalizing denial of the Armenian genocide.


After the bill passed the National Assembly in December, Turkey retaliated by suspending military and political cooperation with Paris.


But France's top constitutional court struck down the bill in February, saying it violated free expression, in a ruling welcomed by Ankara.

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