“Deception, sadness, tragedy.” The united Turkish sentiment as France voted on the Armenia genocide bill. Protestors have gathered outside the French Embassy in Ankara to show their outrage. Some feel the law is being pushed through by French politicians who are against Turkey entering the European Union. French President Jacques Chirac has said Turkey should recognise the genocide before its membership is approved.
It is a hot topic in Ankara’s media which refers to French stupidity. Turkish Prime Minister Recip Tayyip Erdogan has told France to examine its own colonial history instead. There has been talk of the country retaliating with its own legislation which would criminalise French killings in Algeria in 1945. Retaliation is also happening on a commercial level in Turkey, where French businesses are being boycotted.
Opposition to the French bill was clear earlier this year when Turkish protestors demonstrated in Lyon against a monument erected to commemorate the victims of the Armenian genocide.