French President and FM disagree over "Armenian Genocide"
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb.3 / Trend, A. Taghiyeva /
French President Nicolas Sarkozy and Foreign Minister Alain Juppé disagree over the adoption of a law criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide", CNN Turk TV channel reports with reference to the French media outlets.
According to the French media outlets, Alain Juppé, who is against the adoption of this law, has been criticized by Sarkozy. After the president's meeting with the ministers, Juppe decided not to uphold his position and not to express his opinions on this matter aloud, CNN Turk reported.
On Jan.31, French Senators collected required number of signatures to submit to the Constitutional Council to demand a repeal of the law criminalizing the denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide".
Previously on Jan 23, after an eight-hour debate, the French senate adopted the bill. Some 127 senators voted in favour, while 86 voted against.
The bill demands a year's imprisonment and a fine of 45,000 euro for denying the so-called "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.