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Macron under fire for skipping Rwandan genocide commemorations Macron under fire for skipping Rwandan genocide commemorations Macron under fire for skipping Rwandan genocide commemorations

Macron under fire for skipping Rwandan genocide commemorations

When a smattering of leaders gather this weekend in Kigali to mark the 25th anniversary of Rwanda's genocide there will be one conspicuous absence: French President Emmanuel Macron.
Several African leaders and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel are expected at events commemorating the 1994 massacre of an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, mostly minority Tutsis slayed in a dark chapter of Africa's post-colonial history.

Macron too was invited, a move which had been hailed as sign of a fresh start in relations after two decades of turmoil over Rwanda's claims that France was complicit in the genocide.
Forty-one-year-old Macron has presented himself as the face of a new generation of French politician unburdened by the country's murky past in Africa.
But he turned down the invitation from President Paul Kagame, disappointing those hoping for a grand gesture of reconciliation on the French side.
"He did not have the courage to see the process through," Francois Gaulme, researcher at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) told AFP.

The Survie NGO members shows banners reading "1994 Genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, French complicity, denial, lies and impunity, until when ?" and "Hubert Vedrine, expert in dissimulating Genocide complicity" in front of the office of former French foreign minister Hubert Vedrine in Paris on April 4, 2019 as the NGO releases "Lies and silences of France in Rwanda" report. 


 

Source: The Daily Monitor

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