French President Emmanuel Macron has declared April 24 a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide. Macron made the announcement in Paris, at the annual dinner of the Armenian community in France.
Speaking to the Armenian community, Macron said: "France is, first and foremost, the country that knows how to look history in the face, which was among the first to denounce the killings of the Armenian people, which in 1915 named genocide for what it was, which in 2001 after a long struggle recognized it in law."
The President of France left a note in the
Memory Book of the museum during his visit.
Macron also added that in the next weeks France would make April 24 a national day of commemoration of the Armenian Genocide.
Let us remind, that in the framework of his visit to Armenia on October 11 2018, Emmanuel Macron with his wife Brigitte Macron paid a visit to "Charles Aznavour" residence in Yerevan, and spoke about Aznavour's struggle for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide, and mentioned that April 24 will be remembered as the Day of Remembrance of the Armenian Genocide in France.
“I can’t find words to describe what we felt this morning at the Armenian Genocide Memorial. The one who knows France since 1915 condemned the Genocide through the voice of Anatol Franc, send his third naval crew to save thousands of people. The one who fought for the recognition of Armenian Genocide in France by law, in 2001.
Together with the Diaspora we will continue Charles Aznavour's struggle for the recognition of the Armenian Genocide by the international community. That struggle is the struggle of France, it will never end, because to remember the genocides, look at their faces by condemning their hell, would mean creating conditions to avoid their repetition. I have promised that, and my promise will be fulfilled until the next April 24. This day will be designated as the Armenian Genocide Remembrance Day in France.” These are the words of the President of France.
Before the visit to "Charles Aznavour" residence, the French President was at the Armenian Genocide Museum, where he wrote a note in the book of Honorable Guests.
It is with gravity and emotion that we are here today. On behalf of France, I respectfully pay tribute to those who have fallen with “eyes full of sunshine”, those who “only wanted to live”. France denounced the genocide of 1915 by the intellectuals. France welcomed children and families who had fled the genocide and made our Nation bigger. France will never forget and carry the fight for truth and recognition. This sad resignation. For those who have fallen. For our generations and those to come.