PARIS (Combined Sources)–During a reception Tuesday evening honoring Armenia’s prime minister Andranik Markarian, France’s Parliament Speaker Jean-Louis Debre stressed the importance of adopting a recently passed bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenia Genocide in France. Markarian arrived in Paris, leading a delegation, to kick off the year of Armenia in France. Markarian said it was a great honor for members of the Armenian delegation and personally him to be welcomed in the French parliament, which has a rich history and firm traditions. "Today our people are writing one of the brightest pages of our friendship. A few weeks ago French President Jacques Chirac paid a state visit to Armenia. We look at this visit as France’s appreciation of the efforts of the Republic of Armenia during the last 15 years," said Markarian in his commen’s at the reception. "Today France continues supporting our country’s integration into European structures and as an OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair country actively participates in the resolution of the Nagorno Karabakh conflict. With their investmen’s French Companies contribute to the economic development of Armenia," emphasized the prime minister. "Certainly, the National Assembly of France has an important role in the development of these close relations. I would like to say that French parliamentarians are our very close allies, no matter whether they comprise the ruling majority or the opposition," added Markarian.