The idea that the French state had some role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994 that led to some 800,000 deaths is not a new one. There was an official French inquiry in 1998. But that was widely regarded as a bit of a whitewash.
The publication of the Rwandan government’s report this week has revived the issue and shocked the French. The Rwandans allege that the French not only trained and armed the Hutu militias – but that they were aware of plans for genocide and close to the main perpetrators and that some French forces “directly assassinated Tutsis”.
The Rwandan government says it wants war-crimes trials and has implicated some of the most senior French politicians – including former prime ministers, Alain Juppe and Dominique de Villepin, as well as the late President Mitterand Read more