The French president Emanuel Macron has declared April 24 a national memorial day of the Armenian Genocide. He said this during the annual dinner with the Armenian community in Paris. France knows how to face history and was one of the first countries to refer to the massive killings of the Armenian people as a genocide and recognized it in 2001 by adopting a law, the French president stated during the dinner.
He added that the process of declaring April 24 an Armenian Genocide Memorial Day will be completed in the upcoming weeks.
He noted that the history of French Armenians is the history of France and since the Armenian Genocide is part of their memories, the memory of the Armenian Genocide must be honored in their country, he said. President Macron said the only head of state who does not share France’s point of view and values in this context is the Turkish president. However, the French president says, President Erdogan is not the whole Turkish people, and promises to continue the dialogue to make the historical facts heard.