PARIS (ArmRadio) — French President François Hollande participated in an annual dinner with the Coordinating Council of the Armenian Organizations of France (CCAF) on February 8.
In his last dinner with CCAF in the capacity of the President of France, François Hollande referred to the decision of the Constitutional Council to revoke certain amendments to the Equality and Citizenship Act, including those related to the criminalization of genocide denial, Nouvelles d’Armenie reports.
“To deny the massacres of yesterday is to authorize the massacres of today,” Hollande said. “I welcome the quality of the work of Jean-Paul Costa, which was the basis for an amendment during the debate on the Equality and Citizenship Act,” said François Hollande, and stressed that “it is necessary to continue to act.” He described it as “a fight for truth, not for a cause.”
He then announced that a mission was launched last October by France’s Minister of Education Najat Vallaud-Belkacem and chaired by Vincent Duclert to look for measures to “institute a day of National commemoration of all genocides, war crimes and thus the Armenian genocide.”
“France must support all initiatives of recognition of the Armenian Genocide, including also the initiatives in Turkey that must eventually move towards the direction of recognition,” Hollande said.
He attached importance to the Armenian Genocide resolution that passed in the German Bundestag in June 2016 and highlighted the role of Bundestag President Norbert Lammert and German Parliamentarian of Turkish origin Cem Ozdemir on this issue. “You have always put a difference between the Turkish state and the Turkish people on this issue,” Hollande said.