In a major development coinciding with the 25th anniversary of the genocide, Macron announced on 5 April the creation of a commission of eight historians and civil servants who would delve into the state’s archives.
They “will be tasked with consulting all France’s archives relating to the genocide…in order to analyse the role and engagement of france during that period,” an Élysée Palace spokesman said.
Dr Phil Clark, a Rwanda specialist at the School of Oriental and African Studies, said Rwanda accused france of having supported the ethnic Hutu extremists and the Interahamwe militias who carried out the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Tutsis — including women and children — and moderate Hutus and allowing many perpetrators to escape justice.
Why Rwanda’s Genocide Could Not Have Happened Without France’s Involvement
On 6 April 1994 a plane carrying Rwanda’s President Juvenal Habyarimana — from the Hutu tribe — and Burundian leader Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down by a missile near the Rwandan capital Kigali. Hutu extremists blamed the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF) rebels and used it as an excuse to launch a genocide against the Tutsi minority.
”France had a very close relationship with the Habyarimana government leading up to the genocide. He was seen as the ‘darling of France’ because of his support for France’s influence in central Africa. France saw Habyarimana as key to maintaining…