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Rwandan government report accuses France of complicity in genocide

A new report commissioned by the Rwandan government accuses France of being complicit in the 1994 genocide, which saw more than 800,000 people killed.

The Muse Report, written by US law firm Cunningham Levy Muse, was commissioned by the Rwandan government to explore France’s role in the massacres. Published this week, the report states that French officials attempted “to conceal their own role in the genocide and to undermine attempts to prosecute genocide suspects”.

The report accuses French officials of training Rwanda’s Hutu military and of preparing lists of Tutsis that were to be murdered.

Rwanda’s foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo said that some French officials had “got away with murder, literally”.

“A systematic cover-up and fabrication of a narrative to hide the traces of French military and political collaboration in the genocide,” had taken place he added.

France has not yet responded to the latest report, but a 1998 parliamentary commission cleared the government of any involvement in the genocide. Relations between the two states have since been fraught and there remains no French Ambassador to Rwanda.

See more from the Financial Times here.