French Parliament to vote on controversial genocide bill

The bill — prepared by Valerie Boyer, a deputy from the main opposition party, the Republicans — states any denial of the genocide and the crimes against humanity committed in the 20th century should be a punishable crime.

The bill was discussed by the parliamentary Justice Commission on Nov. 25.

Turkey had suspended military, economic and political ties with France when the lower house of the French Parliament passed a similar bill in December 2011.

The French Senate then also passed the bill in January 2012, ignoring warnings from Turkey that passage of the legislation would lead to additional sanctions.

A month later, France’s Constitutional Council overturned the bill, saying the law was contradictory to the principles of freedom of expression written into France’s founding documents.