"We welcome the adoption by the Senate of the bill criminalizing the denial of the Armenian Genocide, which was approved by the National Assembly [the French parliament’s lower house] back in summer," a Foreign Ministry statement said.
He added that the bill demonstrated France's commitment to to the prevention of "new crimes."
About 1.5 million Armenians were killed between 1915 and 1923, hundreds of thousands were forced out of the country, in a campaign by the Ottoman forces. Turkey has disputed the figure and denied the genocide, blaming the deaths on wartime fighting.
As of 2016, the governments of 28 countries and 45 US states officially recognize the Armenian Genocide.