Turkey slams France over decision to mark Armenian genocide

Turkey says it is strongly condemning French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to mark April 24 as a day of "commemoration of the Armenian genocide" in reference to the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a century ago

ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkey is strongly condemning French President Emmanuel Macron's decision to mark April 24 as a day of "commemoration of the Armenian genocide" in reference to the deaths of an estimated 1.5 million Armenians under the Ottoman Empire a century ago.

Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin on Wednesday denounced Macron's move as an attempt to "save the day" and make political gains as he faces "political problems in his own country."

Macron was speaking at a dinner gathering members of the French-Armenian community in Paris on Tuesday evening.

France officially recognized the Armenian genocide in 2001.