by Tatevik Shahunyan
Anne Hidalgo, the Socialist candidate for mayor of Paris named Turkey's recognition of the Armenian Genocide as a precondition for Ankara's accession to the EU. "The recognition will make Turkey stronger," Cihan Haber quoted her as saying.
Ms Hidalgo further expressed support for adoption of the Genocide denial law, further referring to President Hollande's pledge to work out a legal instrument that won't meet the ban of the Constitutional Court.
"Denial of tragic pages of history is what prevents building a new future," she said.
Ms Hidalgo vowed to perpetuate the April 24 commemorative events if elected a mayor, with Paris Mayor's Office to extend financial support to the Genocide centennial events in 2015.