France plays an important role in Turkey’s economy
Azerbaijan. Baku. Jan.27 /Trend A.Taghiyeva/
France plays an important role in the Turkish economy, the minister of economy Zafer Caglayan told reporters, television channel TRT Haber transmits on Friday.
"French companies employ a large number of Turkish citizens. These companies make an important contribution to the economy," Mr Caglayan said.
The minister said that all the investments of French entrepreneurs will be under the tutelage of Turkey. French entrepreneurs also oppose the law on "Armenian genocide," Mr Caglayan added.
He said: "As for the Turkish companies, they will choose themselves whether or not to work with French companies."
Turkish authorities have declared that they would take additional sanctions against France after the adoption the law criminalising the denial of "Armenian genocide" by the Senate of France.
After eight hours of discussion, the Senate (upper chamber of the French parliament) voted for adoption of the law criminalising denial of the so called "Armenian genocide". Some 127 senators voted for, while 86 against.
The Lower House of the French Parliament adopted a bill criminalising the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on Dec.22, 2011
The bill demands about a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euros for denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
MPs from the French President's Union for Popular Movement (UMP) party which has the parliamentary majority, proposed the bill which aims at criminalising denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" to the legislative committee of the National Assembly in early December.
Armenia and the Armenian lobby claim that the predecessor of the Turkey - Ottoman Empire had committed the 1915 genocide against the Armenians living in Anadolu, and achieved recognition of the "Armenian Genocide" by the parliaments of several countries.