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The French, the Turks and genocide

The French National Assembly has given the green light to a bill which will make it illegal to deny the Armenian genocide. This initiative has caused a significant diplomatic row between Paris and Ankara. Although this decision still needs to be approved by the French Senate, it is widely acknowledged that it will be given the thumbs-up. Turkey’s leaders, headed by Prime Minister Erdogan, have hit the roof and have counter-attacked referring to another page of France’s history: its role in Algeria. According to Erdogan, “the Algerians were burnt en masse in ovens”. The Turks …  

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