February 3, 2014 - 16:41 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - French Minister of Justice confirmed that the country’s government is working on a legal instrument condemning the denial of the Armenian Genocide.
Ms Christiane Taubira made the statement at the January 29 annual dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF), marking the anniversary of France’s recognition of the Armenian Genocide in 2001, a Paris-based journalist Jean Eckian told PanARMENIAN.Net
CCAF also presented a series of events to be implemented in the framework of "Mission 2015" action, with ringing of church bells throughout France on April 24, 2015, among them.
On January 23, 2012 the French Senate passed the bill making it a crime to deny the Armenian Genocide. The bill envisaged 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. However, the French Constitutional Council ruled the bill as anti-constitutional. In a statement the Council said the document represented an “unconstitutional breach of the practice of freedom of expression and communication
Later, President Hollande pledged to redraft the law criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial in France, stressing the need to ensure the legal framework to avoid censorship by the Constitutional Council.