74 pct say France won't drop bill under pressure
ISTANBUL - Hürriyet Daily News
French UMP party deputy Valerie Boyer voting on the bill. REUTERS PhotoA Hürriyet Daily News poll asking whether Turkey's recent reaction toward France would convince the French Senate to drop the genodice bill resulted with the majority voting “no.”
Seventy-four percent of the voters believed the cutting of contacts between Turkey and France would not convince the French Senate to drop the controversial bill, which criminalizes the denial of Armenian claims of genocide regarding the events of 1915.
Twenty-one percent voted “yes,” claiming Turkey's reaction will influence the course of events.
A small group of 5 percent “had no idea" about the possible turnout of the diplomatic and economic war between France and Turkey.
Last week, the National Assembly of France approved a first step toward a law that would impose a jail term and a 45,000 euro ($60,000) fine on anyone in France who denies the Armenian genocide claims. The bill will now go to France's Upper House, the Senate, and could become law next year.