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February 19, 2012

French diplomat expelled from an Ankara party amid tensions

February 19, 2012

February 19, 2012

Turkey hosts an annual meeting of organizers of an event honoring the memory of those perished in Gallipoli Campaign during the First World War. However, this year French military attaché was banned from the meeting due to the deterioration of Turkish-French ties in light of the French Senate’s adoption of a bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial, according to Turkish media outlets.
“Two Turks in uniforms requested the French representatives to leave the conference hall,” according to Milliyet. The French Military Attache was intentionally uninvited, but he still showed up. The uniformed Turks showed him the way back home.
On January 23, the French Senate passed a bill criminalizing the Armenian Genocide denial with 127 votes for and 86 against. The bill, which has yet to be signed by the President, will impose a 45,000 euro fine and a year in prison for anyone who denies this crime.


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