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France. The Senate voted to recognize the Assyro-Chaldean genocide in the Ottoman Empire

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The French Senate has adopted a draft resolution calling on the government to recognize the Assyro-Chaldean genocide of 1915-1918 and establish April 24 as a day of remembrance of the Armenian and Assyro-Chaldean genocide, AFP reported. The resolution was supported by 300 senators, two were against.

“Unlike the Armenian genocide, recognized by many countries and international organizations, and officially recognized by the United Nations, the massacre of the Assyrians is still not recognized as genocide,” said Valerie Boyer, representative of the centre-right Republicans (LR) party.

The law recognizing the Armenian massacre as genocide was passed in France in 2001Reuters archive

The Assyrians or Assyro-Chaldeans are a Semitic nation, considered one of the indigenous nations of the Middle East. The Assyrian diaspora, formed as a result of emigration and escape from the genocide of World War I in the Ottoman Empire, is scattered all over the world. Some estimates say that over 200,000 Assyro-Chaldeans may have died as a result of the genocide.

France recognizes the Armenian Genocide

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In February 2019, French President Emmanuel Macron declared April 24 Armenian Genocide Day, prompting a protest from Turkey. This was the fulfillment of the election promise that Macron made in 2017 to representatives of the Armenian diaspora.

The law recognizing the Turkish Armenian slaughter as genocide was passed in France in 2001. In December 2011, the French National Assembly passed a law providing for fines and prison sentences for denying the Armenian genocide committed by the Turks in 1915-1917.

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