Turkish PM: Sarkozy against Turks and Muslims
Azerbaijan, Baku, Dec. 23 /Trend A.Badalova, A. Tagiyeva/
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is against the Turks and Muslims, TRT Haber TV Channel quotes Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan as saying.
"If Sarkozy is not aware of the Algerians' genocide, he should ask his father, who served in French legion in Algeria," Erdogan said.
He said that Sarkozy is trying to promote his election campaign, by provoking a conflict between the Christians and Muslims.
On Thursday, the French parliament adopted a bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian Genocide".
Some 45 out of 577 French MPs participated in the voting, 38 of which voted for, while 7 voted against the adoption of the bill.
The bill envisages about one year imprisonment and a fine worth 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 a bill which aims at criminalizing 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 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 some countries.