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Turkey PM says French bill on genocide denial ‘racist’
January 24, 2012
The Turkish prime minister has said a bill passed by the French parliament on the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule is “racist”.
Recep Tayyip Erdogan told the Turkish parliament in Ankara that the bill “murdered freedom of thought”.
French President Nicolas Sarkozy is expected to sign the bill into law before the end of February.
Armenia says that up to 1.5 million people died in 1915-16 as the Ottoman empire split.
Turkey, which rejects the term “genocide”, has said the number of deaths was much smaller.
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