PARIS (Armenpress)–Following last weekend’s Turkish protest against the construction of an Armenian genocide monument in Lyon–the Prefect of Rhone–Jean-Pierre Lacroix–said that he will not give permission for such rallies in the future.
Turkish Milliyet reported that the rally created tension between Paris and Ankara. French officials told Turkish Foreign Affairs ministry representatives that the Turkish embassy did not heed the Ministry’s warnings to hold a peaceful protest.
The meeting turned rowdy when some of the Turks attacked a group of students staging their own protest against a controversial new employment law for youths. Police used water cannons and tear gas to separate the two groups.