Turkey warns France over genocide bill

Franco-Turkish relations are nearing crisis point amid increasingly strained ties between Ankara and the European Union.

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Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Turkey's prime minister, has written to President Nicolas Sarkozy of France warning that "irreparable damage" would be caused by the passage of a bill making it a crime to deny that a genocide of Armenians took place during the last years of the Ottoman empire, reports The Financial Times.