Sarkozy reconfirms support to process criminalizing denial of Armenian Genocide
Sarkozy reconfirms support to process criminalizing denial of Armenian Genocide –
ARMENPRESS – Ex-President of France Nicolas Sarkozy has reconfirmed his support to the process of criminalization of the Armenian Genocide. “Armenpress” reports, citing Nouvelles d’Armenie, Sarkozy made an announcement about this during an honorary dinner delivered by the representatives of the Council of the French Overseas Departments and Territories, which was also attended by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.
Chairman of the Council Patrick Karam addressed a number of questions to the ex-President of France, including a question referring to his position on the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide. “I am an advocate of criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide”, Sarkozy answered, reminding that it was the period of his presidency when both chambers of the French parliament adopted “Boyer’s law” which was suspend by the Constitutional Council which was presided by Jean-Louis Debré at that time. He also mentioned that French-Turkish relations were rather tense during that period, but cancellation of this issue by left-wing forces improved the situation. Sarkozy mentioned that despite one year is left until the end of Francois Hollande’s term, no further clarifications have been made over the issue.
Minister of Education of France, regional officials and representatives of the Armenian community in France Murad Papazian and Ara Toranian were invited to the honorary dinner.