PARIS (Combined Sources) — French President Emmanuel Macron declared April 24 as “a national day of remembrance of the Armenian genocide” on Tuesday, February 5.
Macron, in keeping with a 2017 campaign promise, told an annual dinner of the Coordination Council of Armenian Organizations in France that France was among the first nations to denounce “the murderous hunt of the Armenian people in the Ottoman Empire.”
France officially recognized the Armenian Genocide in 2001 and a law in 2016 made it illegal to deny that status.
The Council of Europe and European parliament have both recognized the massacres as genocide, as has Pope Francis.
Macron said he informed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the decision in advance, adding that he wanted to keep an open dialogue with Turkey.
“We have disagreements over the fight against the Islamic State, human rights and civil liberties in Turkey and on the genocide,” Macron said.