“France did not understand that he really stood in favor of a genocidal regime, while trying to prevent regional conflict or civil war,” Macron said on Thursday after visiting the Gisozi memorial in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali.
“By doing so, it supported an overwhelming responsibility,” Macron said, in the strongest public acknowledgment of responsibility ever from a French leader.
Macron concluded, “On this path, only those who have passed through the night, may perhaps forgive us, give us the gift of forgiveness.”
Rwanda’s President Kagame praised the speech of French President Macron, saying it was a “big step” in relations between the two countries.
“France and Rwanda are going to have a much better relationship for the benefit of both our people,” Kagame said, even though “relations between the two countries will not be entirely traditional.”
Macron’s words “were more valuable than apologies: they were true,” Kagame said.
“Politically and morally, it was an act of tremendous courage,” Kagame said.
While the French president said his country was “not a participant” in the massacre because the killers were not French, he vowed that “no suspected genocide criminal would be able to escape justice” because “our past is also to be recognized – and most Above – the work of justice continues. “
Activists are seeking prosecutions against criminals, some of whom have been living in France for years.
According to सीlysée, Macron’s visit to Kigali is intended to mark a final stage in the normalization of relations between France and Rwanda, which had long been influenced by France’s involvement in the massacre.
In 1994, approximately 800,000 mainly ethnic Tutsi were killed by the Hutu militia supported by the Rwandan government. Even after the genocide began, France has been accused of failing to stop the massacre and supporting the Hutu regime.