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Genocide stumbled over the Constitution2012-02-29 11:54
Yesterday, February 28, the Constitutional Council of France declared the law penalizing the denial Genocide of the Armenians illegitimate. However, President Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded to adopt the document in a new edition.
As reported by the RBC.ru, yesterday, February 28, the Constitutional Council of France declared the law penalizing the denial Genocide of the Armenians illegitimate. However, President Nicolas Sarkozy has demanded to adopt the document in a new edition.
According to the judges, the law, previously approved by Parliament, contradicts the right of the citizens to freedom of speech. Sarkozy, in turn, stressed that "it is impossible to be tolerate to the genocide" and demanded the adoption of the bill after some edits, the edition reported.
In the current version, the law provides criminal penalties worth year in prison and a fine of € 45,000 for refusing to recognize the Genocide of the Armenians in the Ottoman Empire.
In turn, the head of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France Alexis Govsiyan stated that a law that would protect "the memory of the genocide victims and the dignity of their descendants" deserves respect, the Utro.ru added.
And today, as reported by the Rosbalt.ru, French Armenians are going to hold a protest rally in connection with the decision of the decision of the Constitutional Council of France which had cancelled the law criminalizing denial of Armenian genocide.
"The Armenians of France are not going to give up, and soon we're going to hold a protest in connection with the decision of the court", one of the leaders of the Party "ARF" in France Grach Varzhapetyan, according to the Rosbalt.ru.
Recall, January 23, the French Senate approved a bill criminalizing the denial of genocide (including the genocide of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire in 1915). 127 deputies voted for the adoption of the document, 86 deputies voted against it. The French President Nicolas Sarkozy was to sign the law within a month, after which it would have entered into force.