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Back to the Drawing Board: French Armenians and Turkish-French Relations 30 mars 2012

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Policy Brief (German Marshall Fund of the United States) March 30, 2012

Ilter Turan *

On February 28, the Constitutional Court issued a decision invalidated legislation which would have made those who denied that the Armenians experienced genocide in 1915 subject to prison sentences, substantial fines, or both. Not surprisingly, shortly after the news broke out that the French court had decided to annul the law, there was relief and rejoicing among the Turkish public. The Turkish government had put into effect a number of measures against France when the Armenian bill had cleared the Assembleé Nationale, but has decided not to withdraw the initial set of measures, adding that other measures would be introduced if the French government continued to insist on its past course and reintroduce the bill.

* İlter Turan is a professor of political science at Istanbul’s Bilgi University, where he also served as president between 1998-2001.

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