Azerbaijan, Baku, Jan. 31 / Trend /
Turkish Prime Minister hopes that the French people will oppose the adoption of a law by the France's Parliament that criminalizes denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide", Anadolu Agency reported.
"During the Age of Enlightenment France was based on the intellect. The France of Sarkozy era is based on dogmas, prejudices and delusions. Turkey is expecting French people to raise their voices against this", Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a televised address to the nation on Monday.
On Jan.23, 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 criminalizing 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".
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.