Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has launched a stinging attack on French President Nicolas Sarkozy, after the French Senate voted to make it an offence to refer to the First World War killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as anything other than genocide.
Addressing the Turkish parliament, Erdogan said: “The vote in the Senate and the bill itself is openly discriminatory and racist and a massacre of freedom of thought in an effort to win votes by playing on anti-Turkish sentiment.”
He called on the French to vote Sarkozy out in France’s upcoming presidential election:
“We will outline our response according to the evolution of events and keep our people informed. We believe that our French friends and the French people as a whole should be more aware of this increasing discrimination and let the French people decide the fate of Sarkozy and his supporters.”
The law could still be rejected if 60 senators agree to appeal to France’s Constitutional Council and it considers the bill to be unconstitutional.