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French Senate to vote on Armenian 'genocide' law this month

Thu 05 January 2012 06:03 GMT | 11:03 Local Time

French Senate to debate Armenian 'genocide' bill by late January.

The French Government announced recently that the Senate is to debate the bill penalizing the denial of the Armenian 'genocide' by late January.

The lower chamber of the French parliament approved the draft with an overwhelming majority of votes on December 22.

Under the legal act proposed by lawmaker Valerie Boyer, anyone on the territory of France publicly denying the Armenian Genocide will face one year in prison and a fine of up to €45,000.

After the passage of the bill by the National Assembly, Turkey’s state-run television said Ankara was recalling its ambassador from Paris. Turkish PM Recep Tayyip Erdogan later said the country was freezing its political, economic and military ties with France.

According to BBC Russian, the Senate will not make any haste until the presidential and parliamentary elections set to take place in April and June, respectively.

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