The French parliament has set an alarming example of arrogance, ignorance and gross hypocrisy with the passage of a law which makes it a crime to deny that Armenians in Ottoman Turkey were the subject of genocide in 1915-18. The state which prides itself on freedom of expression ? for example publication of cartoons poking fun at the Prophet Mohamed ? is now laying down the law on a subject which is a matter of debate and mixed evidence among neutral historians. The country with plenty of colonial war crimes to its name is sitting in judgment on events in Turkey nearly a hundred years ago when France was in the process of trying to invade that country.