PARIS (AFP) - Turkey will recall its ambassador and freeze ties with Paris if French lawmakers approve a bill banning the denial of the Armenian genocide next week, he told AFP on Thursday. "There will be irreparable consequences in all bilateral relations," ambassador Engin Solakoglu said, adding he expected to be called back to Ankara for an indefinite period from December 22. That is when France's National Assembly is expected to pass a law banning the denial of the 1915 to 1916 massacre, which Armenians regard as a deliberate genocide while Turks argue the deaths were a side-effect of war. France, which has a large population of Armenian descent, has recognised the event as genocide since 2001, but the new law, proposed by a member of President Nicolas Sarkozy's majority party, has strained ties with Ankara.