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France’s Macron asks Rwanda for forgiveness over genocide

PUBLISHED: Thu, 27 May 2021 12:03:16 GMT

Dominique Vidalon

Reuters

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron welcomes Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame as he arrives to attend the International Conference in support of Sudan at the Temporary Grand Palais in Paris, France, May 17, 2021. REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

KIGALI, May 27 (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday said only Rwandans could forgive France for its role in Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.

“On this path, only those who went through that night can perhaps forgive, give us the gift of forgiving,” Macron said in a speech at the genocide memorial of Gisozi in Kigali, where more than 250,000 Tutsi are buried.

France did not listen to those who warned it about the impending massacre in Rwanda and stood de facto by a genocidal regime, Macron said.

But France “was not an accomplice” to the genocide, Macron added.

(Reporting by Dominique Vidalon; Editing by Hugh Lawson)


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