Armenian genocide bill 'betrays history': Turkish deputy PM
A French bill making the denial of Armenian genocide a criminal offence was a "betrayal of history", Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Bulent Arinc said Thursday.
"I condemn the French parliament, which passed this bill meaning betrayal of history and historical truth," Arinc said on his Twitter account.
"The French parliament... dimmed out history and truth by approving the bill," he added.
Arinc accused the French lawmakers backing the bill of "bringing back the Inquisition", and he said the legislation was "evil-minded".
France's lower house of parliament approved the bill, which makes it a crime to deny that the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Armenians at the hands of Turkish Ottoman forces amounted to a genocide during World War I.
Turkey has recalled its ambassador from Paris in protest.
The French Senate will now consider the draft law.
© 2011 AFP