French MP Valérie Boyer initiates new Genocide bill

French MP Valérie Boyer initiates new Genocide bill

PanARMENIAN.Net - French MP Valérie Boyer initiated a new draft law on criminalizing Armenian Genocide denial.

The bill, dated December 19, stipulates for introduction of amendments to the 1881 law on freedom of press, setting legal foundation for countering racism and denial of Genocide.

The bill envisages a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for denial of crimes against humanity, including the Armenian Genocide, Nouvelles d'Arménie said.

On January 23, the French Senate passed the bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide. The bill envisaged imposing a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone in France who denies this crime against humanity committed by the Ottoman Empire.

Later, the French Constitutional Council ruled that a bill adopted by the French Senate making it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide was anti-constitutional.

In July, French President Francois Hollande confirmed plans for a new law criminalizing denial of the Armenian Genocide with representatives of the Armenian community.

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