World France Pulls Out of Rwandan Genocide Commemoration After Complicity Accusations - The Sun

France has pulled out of the 20th commemoration of the genocide in Rwanda following accusations by President Paul Kagame, who said France played ‘a direct role’ in one of the bloodiest events of 20th century.

The accusations were voiced by Kagame in an interview with the African weekly, Jeune Afrique, due to be published on Sunday. He said France had a “direct role in the political preparation of genocide and participation in its execution.”

France supported the Hutu-led government of Juvenal Habyarimana in Rwanda, helping to train and arm its military. After Habyarimana’s assassination, which escalated hostilities between Tutsi and Hutu to a full-fledged civil war, the Hutu-dominated military colluded with militias in the 100-day slaughter of Tutsi and moderate Hutus, which left between 500,000 and 1,060,000 million people dead, according to different estimates.

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Source: The Sun


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