French Army denies allegation it allowed Rwandan genocide

International human rights groups accuse two French former officers of aiding genocide in Rwanda in 1994

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

President Paul Kagame has condemned the deceptive part that France played in its 'humanitarian' missions during the 1994 genocide.

France has denied allegations by rights groups that French Army officers failed to prevent genocide in Rwanda in 1994.   

Last week, the International Human Rights Federation called on two French officers to be charged for failing to prevent genocide.  

The accused French officers are Jacques Roiser, a former commander of special forces and Marin Gillier, chief of a squad of marines in France’s UN-mandated Operation Turquoise force.  

The two officers denied the allegation in a statement saying that the operation "protected hundreds of thousands of people" and saved "tens of thousands of Tutsi lives."

"We have always said we were willing to testify" in the inquiry "to put paid to accusations that are as unrealistic as monstrous," they said.  

Rwandan President Paul Kagame has accused France of involvement in the genocide by supporting the Hutu perpetrators who carried it out.

France has many times denied the allegations and claimed that French forces worked to protect civilians.  

In 2005, a judicial inquiry was launched after a survivor filed a complaint against French forces.

Later, diplomatic relations between Kigali and Paris were completely frozen from 2006 to 2009.   

The genocide claimed the lives of at least 800,000 mostly ethnic Tutsis and followed the death of the country’s president, Juvenal Habyarima, a Hutu who died when his plane was shot down, an incident which was blamed on the Tutsis.

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