PARIS—French President Nicolas Sarkozy told a French-Armenian delegation Saturday that he would not oppose a bill pending in the French Senate, which if approved, would criminalize the denial of the Armenian Genocide.
A delegation of the Coordinating Council of Armenia Organization in France met with the French leader at Elysee Palace to discuss the bill and Sarkozy’s position on the matter.
Sarkozy stated that the government would not interfere in Senate decision and guaranteed he would not oppose a vote in the Senate, essentially saying that he would allow senators affiliated with his party to vote their conscience. He also reiterated his position for the need to continue the struggle against Armenian Genocide denial.
The Senate is set to debate and discuss the pill on Wednesday. While the bill is overwhelmingly supported by the Socialist bloc of the Senate, French Armenians indicate that it may meet with opposition from the Communist bloc and other parties.
The CCAF has scheduled a rally-demonstration in front of the Senate on Wednesday. The group held a similar rally last month with Charles Aznavour and a slew of legislators, human rights activists and political officials in attendance.
The CCAF delegation was led by Mourad Papazian and Ara Toranian and included Patrick Devedjian and Levon Sayan, who represented Charles Aznavour as he was in Switzerland for President Sarkisian’s visit there. Jean-David Levitte, the Elysee Palace diplomatic adviser was also on hand at the meeting.