French president plans new genocide lawSource: BBC
PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande has said he plans a new law to punish denial that the 1915-16 killing of Armenians was genocide.
Turkey rejects the term "genocide" for the deaths of Armenians during their deportation by the Ottoman Empire.
The issue has strained Franco-Turkish relations in recent years.
Hollande's predecessor Nicolas Sarkozy had also ordered his government to draft a new law after the old one was struck down.
"Francois Hollande has again expressed his willingness to propose a bill designed to curb the denial of the Armenian genocide, as he had said during his campaign and even before," the Coordinating Council of Armenian Organisations of France (CCAF) told the AFP news agency.
A delegation from the CCAF will meet Hollande before the end of the month to discuss what form the new law would take, French media reports say.
On Thursday, remarks by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius during a meeting with his Turkish counterpart appeared to indicate that the Constitutional Council's ruling would make it impossible to take up the issue again.
However, Hollande's office said on Saturday: "The president expressed his commitments during the campaign. He will keep them.”
"We must find a path, a road that allows for a text that is consistent with the constitution," the French president said.