European leaders are ignoring French involvement in the Rwandan genocide 14 years ago, reports today’s (London) Daily Telegraph:
A damning report has accused France of knowing that a genocide was being planned as early as 1990. It also claims that French soldiers took part in rape, sexual harassment and torture during the period in 1994 when 800,000 people were killed in ethnic violence.
In 100 days in 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwanda’s minority Tutsi community were murdered by Hutus. The Interahamwe militiamen, who were responsible for much of the slaughter, were trained in five military barracks where the French army were present, said Rwandan Foreign Minister Rosemary Museminali yesterday. She said that the people responsible for the murders, including French nationals, still need to be brought to justice.
The Rwandan government has accused 33 French military and political leaders of complicity, including Francois Mitterrand, the late former president (below, left), and Dominique de Villepin, the former prime minister (below, right).