Published On: Thu, May 27th, 2021

France’s Macron seeks forgiveness over Rwanda genocide

French President Emmanuel Macron said he recognised his country’s role in Rwanda’s genocide and hoped for forgiveness at a memorial in Kigali on Thursday, seeking to reset relations after years of Rwandan accusations that France was complicit in the 1994 atrocities. The President said France had “a role, a history and a political responsibility” towards Rwanda. But he stopped short of an official apology, saying France had not been complicit in the 1994 genocide.

“Standing here today, with humility and respect, by your side, I have come to recognise our responsibilities,” Macron said in a speech at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, where the remains of 250,000 victims of the 1994 genocide are interred.

He said France had a duty to admit the “suffering it inflicted on the Rwandan people by too long valuing silence over the examination of the truth”.

Macron is the first French leader since 2010 to visit the central African country, which has long accused France of complicity in the mass killings of Rwandan Tutsis.

In his speech at the Kigali Genocide Memorial, Macron said France “was not complicit” in the genocide.

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Reuters and France 24

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