French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday acknowledged his country’s role in the 1991 genocide in Rwanda and ignored warnings of an impending genocide since he supported the genocide.
“Standing here today, on your behalf with humility and respect, I have come to understand our responsibilities,” Macron said in a speech at the Kigali Massacre Memorial.
Macron is the first French leader to visit the East African country since 2010, accusing France of being involved in the killing of some 800,000 Tutsi Rwandans.
Macron said France was “not involved” in the massacre.
“But France has a role, a story and a political responsibility for Rwanda. It has a duty: to face history and evaluate the suffering it has inflicted on Rwandans in the test of truth.” .
While some were hoping for a full apology, Macron’s remarks outweighed those of his predecessors, who said that only those people could “forgive us, give us the gift of forgiveness”.
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