MP Valerie Boyer, who authored Armenian Genocide Denial Bill, delivers a speech at the French National Assembly
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France debates Armenia 'genocide'

The National Assembly in Paris has voted by a show of hands to back a bill that would make it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire during WWI was genocide.

The bill was backed by a large majority, and it will go before the Senate next year.

Those publicly denying the crime would face a year in jail and a fine of 45,000 euro.

Armenians say up to 1.5 million people were killed by the Ottoman Turks in 1915.

Hundreds of people from Franco-Turkish organisations demonstrated against the bill close to the National Assembly building in Paris on Thursday morning.

The BBC's Hugh Schofield reports from Paris.

  • 22 Dec 2011