A couple in Armenia have named their new-born baby Sarkozy in honour of France’s president. It comes after the French Senate voted to make it illegal to deny the mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks was genocide.
The baby’s father said his chose the name on the spur of the moment: “We were sat in front of the television, discussing the genocide. At that time, Nicolas Sarkozy agreed that the Armenian genocide needs to be recognised. It was at that moment that the idea came to me to name my first born after him,” said Karapet Avetisian.
The bill’s passage, however, has flared tempers in Turkey’s long-time ally Azerbaijan. More than 100 demonstrators marched on the French embassy in Baku in what organisers say what a show of solidarity with Ankara. Protestors also called for a boycott of French goods.
In Turkey meanwhile, some critics of the French president have created a computer game which lets users vent their feelings of displeasure in a typically French fashion by giving Sarkozy a slap.