Saudi Arabia drops bid to join the 'Francophonie' cultural club

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While French President Emmanuel Macron visits Armenia is attending a summit of the world's French-speaking countries, grouped together under the 'Francophonie' cultural umbrella, Saudi Arabia, under the spotlight for human rights abuses, has withdrawn it application to join the club.

How Assad regime built chemical arsenal with aid of Germany and other countries

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Russia, Armenia and the former West Germany were all major suppliers of technology and raw materials for Syria's programme of chemical weapon production, exiled Syrians who worked on the project have told Mediapart. They also say that, in violation of intentional law, the Damascus regime still has a secret arsenal of up to 35 tonnes of chemical weapons. René Backmann reports.

French president says Turkey should recognise Armenian genocide

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François Hollande was speaking at ceremony in Armenia's capital Yerevan to mark 100 years since mass killings of roughly 1.5 million people.

Turkey blasts French passage of genocide law

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French Senate's approval of a law criminalizing denial of genocide, notably that of Armenians by the Ottomans, prompts furious reaction in Turkey.

French Senate to vote on 'genocide' bill in January

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The French Senate is to vote by the end of the month on a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians was genocide.

Turkey warns France over genocide bill

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

France, Armenia study nuclear power cooperation

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France is studying cooperation with Armenia on nuclear power, even though Russia is to supply the former Soviet republic with its next reactor.

France urges Turkey to recognize Armenian genocide

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy urged Turkey to recognize the 1915 massacre of Armenians by Ottoman Turks as genocide, angering Ankara.