Number of French Senators opposing "Armenian genocide" law grows
Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan.25 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
Two more senators from France's ruling party the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) stated their intention to appeal to the Constitutional Court to repeal the law criminalising denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide", TRT Haber TV channel reported.
So far the number of opponents to the law adopted two days ago is growing in the Senate and it is expected that at least 60 senators will sign a petition to appeal to the Constitutional Court. It is expected that French President Nicolas Sarkozy will consider adoption of this law within 15 days.
After an eight-hour debate, the French Senate adopted the bill. Some 127 senators voted in favour, while 86 senators voted against on Jan.23.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is preparing new sanctions against France.
The lower house of the French parliament adopted a bill criminalising the denial of the so-called "genocide" on Dec.22. Some 45 out of 577 French MPs voted with 38 voting for and seven against the adoption of the bill.
The bill demands a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euro for denying the so-called "genocide." In response to the decision, Turkey announced that it has frozen all diplomatic relations with France.
MPs from the French president's Union for Popular Movement (UMP) party, which has the parliamentary majority, proposed the bill aimed at criminalising the denial of the so-called "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.