French Bill to Outlaw Turkish Holocaust Denial
So when France proposed a bill to outlaw denial of the Armenian Holocaust, Turks protested with an ancient Muslim ritual - the violent riot.
BBC, French in Armenia 'genocide' row:
The French parliament has adopted a bill making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered "genocide" at the hands of the Turks, infuriating Turkey.Take a moment to notice how the BBC refuses to print genocide, but instead prints 'genocide' or "genocide." The BBC has a policy of avoiding words that offend its readers, even if they are accurate. This is similar to the BBC policy of never using the term terrorism. The BBC refuses to publish the word terrorism in any situation out of fear it will offend Muslim readers. It's a truly disgusting publication for pandering to terrorist temperaments.
The bill, proposed by the Socialists and opposed by the government, needs approval from the Senate and president.
Turkey called the decision a "serious blow" to relations with France. It has already threatened economic sanctions.Armenia says Ottoman Turks killed 1.5 million people systematically in 1915 - a claim strongly denied by Turkey...
...Debate on the Armenian issue has been stifled in Turkey.
The official Turkish position states that many Christian Armenians and Muslim Turks died in fighting during World War I - but that there was no genocide.
The BBC's Sarah Rainsford in Istanbul says many Turks are angry at what they see as double standards in the EU, where opinions are sharply divided about whether Turkey should be allowed to join.