State TV: Turkey recalls ambassador -

State TV: Turkey recalls ambassador

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's state-run TV says the country is recalling its ambassador to France in retaliation fore a vote in French Parliament making it a crime to deny the WWI-era mass killings of Armenians amounts to genocide.

The bill was passed Thursday in France's lower house. It still must be approved in the Senate.

Turkey vehemently rejects the term "genocide" to describe the killings and had campaigned to get France to abandon the legislation.

TRT television says ambassador Tahsin Burcuoglu would be withdrawn.

Foreign Ministry officials would not immediately confirm the report, saying an announcement would be made by the prime minister.

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