Keyword: rwanda

French court 'drops genocide case against Rwandan priest'

France-based Wenceslas Munyeshyaka was suspected of an active role in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, where he received a life sentence in 2006.

France partly declassifies Rwanda archives, but key files stay secret

Le mémorial de Bisesero, Rwanda, février 2014 © Thomas Cantaloube Le mémorial de Bisesero, Rwanda, février 2014 © Thomas Cantaloube

Earlier this week it was announced that hitherto secret French presidential archives relating to the 1994 Rwanda genocide were to be declassified. The documents are records from the presidency of the late François Mitterrand, and cover France’s close relations with the Rwandan regime of president Juvénal Habyarimana, whose assassination 21 years ago sparked the state-sponsored massacres that claimed the lives of more than 800,000 people. France’s role before and during the genocide remains controversial, amid speculation that it provided weapons support and protection of those who perpetrated the slaughter. But, writes Mediapart’s international affairs correspondent Thomas Cantaloube, while the move this week to declassify Mitterrand’s archives appeared to be one of belated transparency, they promise few revelations beyond previous leaks, while the key archives about France’s involvement in Rwanda held by the defence and foreign affairs ministries remain strictly secret.

France declassifies Rwanda genocide archives

The hitherto secret files relating to the 1994 genocide of 800,000 people include advice given to then French president François Mitterrand.

Rwanda: the dishonour of France


The French government pulled out of the commemorations on Monday April 7th that marked the twentieth anniversary of the Rwandan genocide. This abrupt decision was provoked by the recent comments of Rwandan president Paul Kagamé about “the direct role of Belgium and France in the political preparation of the genocide, and the participation of the latter in its actual execution”, remarks which have sparked outrage in France. But though France's reaction was in line with former foreign minister Alain Juppé's demand that the government should “defend France's honour”, Mediapart's Editor-in-Chief Edwy Plenel argues that the decision not to attend the commemorations is instead a sign of France's dishonour over the tragic affair.

France and Rwanda at loggerheads on 20th anniversary of genocide

African nation barred France’s ambassador from attending genocide commemorations after Paris cancelled the planned visit of justice minister.

Former French foreign minister denies Rwanda charge of helping genocide

Bernard Kouchner said errors were made, but dismissed Rwandan accusations that France directly helped in the1994 genocide in the country.

France pulls out of Rwanda genocide commemorations

French officials will not attend events marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide after Rwanda's president said France helped in the killings.

French court sentences Rwandan over genocide

The ex-Rwandan army captain was given 25-year jail term after being found guilty in connection with genocide and crimes against humanity.

French court blocks extradition of Rwanda genocide suspects

Paris Court of Cassation ruled that the three Hutu men wanted by Rwanda cannot be tried for a crime that was not defined in law when committed.

Rwandan army captain in landmark French genocide trial

Pascal Simbikangwa is the first Rwandan to be tried in France in relation to the 1994 genocide that left up to 800,000 dead.

Rwanda genocide: France to release suspect Serubuga

French court has ordered the release of a former Rwandan colonel, wanted by the African nation for his alleged role in the 1994 genocide.

France re-arrests Rwandan rebel

Rwandan rebel leader Callixte Mbarushimana was re-arrested on arrival in France after being released by the International Criminal Court, lawyers say.

France rejects Rwanda's Habyarimana extradition bid

A French court has rejected a Rwandan bid to extradite the widow of ex-President Juvenal Habyarimana, whose killing sparked the 1994 genocide.

Rwanda's Kagame pays 'reconciliation visit' to France

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has started his first visit to France since his country's 1994 genocide, in a bid to bridge the countries' deep divides.