Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   24 November

Valérie Boyer appeals to François Hollande to stop Armenian Genocide-related double game

YEREVAN, JULY 11, ARMENPRESS։ The President of France François Hollande should stop the double game played around the issue of the adoption of the Armenian Genocide denial criminalizing law. This was stated by the author of the genocide denial criminalizing law, the French Parliament member Valérie Boyer in the interview given to a Greek Newspaper. She noted that the French authorities now do not even try to show that they are implementing practical steps. “Before the presidential elections on April 24 2012 the President François Hollande promised that the Armenian Genocide denial criminalizing law will be adopted by April 24 2013. But we see now that the promise has not been fulfilled. Hollande has not kept his promise; moreover, he shook hands with the president of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev at the Élysée Palace. That double game should be stopped”, - said Valérie Boyer, as reported by Armenpress.

“The law would not cover only the Armenian Genocide, but it will include all the genocides, recognized by France. At present France has recognized two genocides – the Armenian and the Jewish. The genocide denial criminalizing law should be adopted at the cost of any sacrifice, as it is a political necessity. The Genocide issue should be settled as soon as possible”, - said the French Parliament member.

“I have appealed to the Chairman of the National Assembly and different political factions to re-discuss the genocide-related law and clarify the position on the genocide denial”, - stated the French Parliament member Valérie Boyer, adding that she is following the works carried out on that particular issue.

On December 23 2011 the National Assembly of France adopted the bill of the French Parliament member Valérie Boyer. The bill envisions a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for denial of crimes against humanity, including the Armenian Genocide. After successful passage of the bill in the French Parliament in December 2011, on January 23 of last year, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide.

Later, the French Constitutional Council ruled that the bill was unconstitutional.

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