The chairman of the Turkish Parliament's powerful education committee has accused the French government of planting the seeds of hate with its move to include the so-called "Armenian genocide" in history and geography books used in French secondary schools.

Nabi Avcı, chairman of the National Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Commission, told Today's Zaman in a phone interview on Monday that "the erosion of French culture and moving to the radical right in French politics that started with [former president Nicolas] Sarkozy continues to have a negative impact on the French education system."

"I just hope that sensible French intellectuals will raise their voices against this kind of provocative move that will plant seeds of hate into minds of young people in France," he added.

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