6 April 2014

Rwanda: France to Boycott Rwanda Genocide Commemoration

Alain Juppé, who was French foreign minister at the time of the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago, says accusations by Kigali that France carries ... ( Resource: Former French FM Calls Rwanda Genocide Claim 'Insulting'

France has pulled out of the 20th anniversary commemorations for the Rwandan genocide after Rwanda's President Paul Kagame accused Paris of participating in the 1994 mass killings.

Foreign ministry spokesperson Romain Nadal said France was "surprised" by Kagame's accusation, which went against reconciliation efforts between the two countries and announced that Justice Minister Christiane Taubira would not attend Monday's commemorations in Kigali, as previously planned.

In an interview with Jeune Afrique magazine published Sunday, Kagame accused French soldiers in the south of the former Belgian colony of being both accomplices and "actors" in the bloodbath.

Paris has repeatedly denied the accusations and insisted that French forces had striven to protect civilians.

Ads by Google

Copyright © 2014 Radio France Internationale. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 2,000 reports a day from more than 130 news organizations and over 200 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.

InFocus

France Boycotts Rwanda Genocide Anniversary

The French government has pulled out of the genocide commemoration in Rwanda following accusations that it was involved. Read more »