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France marks first national commemoration of Armenian Genocide
2019-04-24 13:17:33

France is marking its first "national day of commemoration of the Armenian genocide" on Wednesday, fulfilling a pledge by President Emmanuel Macron, France 24 reports. 

Macron announced the commemoration at a meeting with representatives of the country’s large Armenian community in February, honouring a promise made during his 2017 presidential campaign.

"France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face,” he said at the time, noting that France was among the first countries to denounce the World War I slaughter of Armenians by their Ottoman rulers.

Macron’s declaration of April 24 as Armenian Genocide commemoraton day earlier this month drew an angry response from Ankara.