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Thursday, October 12, 2006

Don't mention the genocide

Is it just me, or is this the most POINTLESS argument in the history of time? It's as if the French government has got too much time on its hands, and all the Cabinet ministers decided one afternoon to wind up the first country it could think of, just for a laugh:

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.
The bill, which provides for a year in jail and a heavy fine, still 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.
Turkey has been warning France for weeks not to pass the bill.

Shame really, the French can normally be relied upon for a good spat. I'm particularly keen on the ones where royal heads end up in baskets and Ronald McDonald ends up covered in poo

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