Turkey recalls ambassador to France

ANKARA, Turkey (AP) -- Turkey's prime minister says his country is recalling its ambassador to France and halting official contact in retaliation for a vote in the French Parliament making it a crime to deny the WWI-era mass killings of Armenians was a genocide.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Thursday that Ankara was halting military cooperation between the two countries by suspending joint maneuvers and restricting French military flights.

Erdogan says more retaliatory moves may follow.

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

Turkey rejects the term "genocide" to describe the killings.


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