French MP: Repeal of "Armenian genocide" law is France’s president defeat
Azerbaijan, Baku, Feb. 29 / Trend A.Badalova /
Repeal of a law criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" by the Constitutional Council of France means defeat of the French President, member of the Senate Commission for International Affairs Nathalie Goulet told Trend.
"It is a defeat of the President of the Republic, who did not want follow the advice of the experienced lawyers and wished to turn a parliament into a tool," Goulet said.
The Constitutional Council of France repealed a law criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide" on Tuesday, which was adopted by the country's Senate
The Council justified it by the fact that the law contradicts Article 33 of the Constitution of France and freedom of speech.
Goulet stressed that the Constitutional Council of France recognized the arguments of the parliamentarians opposing this legislation and signed the appeal that the "Armenian genocide" law borders on censorship.
On Jan.23, after an eight-hour debate, the Senate adopted the bill criminalizing denial of the so-called "Armenian genocide". Some 127 senators voted in favor, 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.