April 22, 2014 - 18:54 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - French President Francois Hollande will attend the Armenian Genocide commemoration ceremony to be held near the monument to Komitas in Paris on April 24. The information was confirmed by the French president’s administration, Armenia Now reported.
Hollande will attend the official April 24 remembrance ceremony for the first time since he was elected president in 2012.
The Co-ordination Council of Armenian organizations of France (CCAF) thanked the French authorities for honoring the 1.5 million victims of the Armenian Genocide.
Francois Hollande's presence confirms his respect for obligations, his commitment to fundamental values of democracy and respect for genocide victims, CCAF said in a statement.
Hollande scheduled a visit to Armenia in May; as was reported earlier, initiation of the Genocide denial criminalization bill will be officially announced during the Freoch leader's visit to Armenia.
According to Ermenihaber.am, Istanbul will host a number of events dedicated to the 99th anniversary of the Genocide; an exhibit "Portraits of Exile - 99 pictures of Armenian Genocide survivors" will be showcased in Diyarbakir.