Macron Appoints Researchers to Evaluate Role of France in Rwandan Genocide


President Emmanuel Macron has appointed researchers to carry out a two-year investigation into the role of the French army in the Rwandan genocide. The nine-member commission will have access to presidential, diplomatic, military, and intelligence archives.

Macron’s predecessor François Hollande declassified presidential archives on the subject in 2015, but researchers have complained that only a fraction of the classified documents have surfaced and say a conclusive account on the role played by France is yet to be produced.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused Paris of being complicit in the bloodshed, in which Hutu militias killed around 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus. While Paris has acknowledged mistakes in its dealings with Rwanda, it has repeatedly dismissed accusations that it trained militias to take part in the massacre.

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