France FM Warns Turkey: Don't Overreact Over Genocide Bill

Alain Juppe spoke after Turkish PM Erdogan announced the recall of Turkey's ambassador, as part of package of diplomatic, military, economic reprisals.

French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe on Thursday warned Turkey against "overreacting" to the adoption by France's lower house of parliament of a bill making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered a genocide at the hands of Ottoman Turks.

“What I wish is that our Turkish friends do not overreact to this decision by the French National Assembly," Juppe told reporters in Bordeaux.

Alain Juppe - AP - 20.10.11

He was speaking after Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced he was recalling the Turkish ambassador, as part of a package of diplomatic, military and economic reprisals.

Juppe deplored Turkey's reaction and called for "common sense and restraint insisting France and Turkey had "a lot of things to do together."

France's National Assembly approved the bill, which punishes denial of genocides by a year's imprisonment and a fine of $ 58,000 dollars, by a large majority.

To become law it must also be approved by the Senate.

Meanwhile, Armenia officially thanked France for the move.