[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile]
French lawmakers first attempted to pass the bill [JURIST report] in May, but the legislative session ended before parliament could agree on its terms. When the debate came up again earlier this month, the Turkish parliament [official website, in Turkish] threatened retaliation [JURIST report] with lawmakers considering an analogous similar bill [JURIST report] labeling as genocide the colonial killings of Algerians [JURIST report] by the French, and making it illegal to deny French as culpability. France is home to thousands of Armenians and has already recognized the 1915-1919 killings as genocide. Turkey denies the genocide label [JURIST comment], claiming the killings took place during a partisan war in which many Muslim Turks died as well.