Were France and the French military complicit in the 1994 Rwandan genocide? The current Rwandan leadership has suggested as much and their point of view is largely supported by the investigations of French journalist Patrick de Saint-Exupéry. (On Saint-Exupéry’s remarkable book "L’inavouable: La France au Rwanda", see here from Colin Meade.) More recently, however, France, via French investigative judge Jean-Louis Bruguière, has in effect gone on the counter-attack: accusing current Rwandan President Paul Kagame of having ordered the April 1994 assassination of his predecessor Juvénal Habyarimana. For Kagame’s response to the French charges, see his interview with Patrick de Saint-Exupéry, originally published in Le Figaro, and now available in English on World Politics Watch here.
- March 22nd, 2007
- Tags: France & Rwanda