France approves draft law criminalising genocide denial
The lower house of the French parliament has approved a bill making it illegal to deny genocide. The move has angered Turkey, which denies French claims that the Ottoman Turks' mass killing of Armenians in 1915 was a genocide.
REUTERS - France's lower house of parliament approved a bill on Thursday that would make it a criminal offence to deny genocide, in a move that has caused tension between Paris and Ankara.
The bill has triggered outrage in Turkey as it would include the 1915 mass killing of Armenians in Ottomon Turkey.
The bill will next be put to the Senate, or upper house, for debate in 2012, with its backers hoping that it will be adopted before parliament takes a break at the end of February ahead of presidential elections.