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France opens important archives to the public

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France opened to the public on Wednesday important archives on the period of the Rwandan genocide which, according to the UN, killed around 800,000. Some of these documents appeared in the Duclert report issued at the end of March by a commission of historians and pointing out the “overwhelming responsibilities” of France in the genocide.

France opened to the general public, Wednesday, April 7, important archives relating to the situation in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994, 27 years to the day after the start of the genocide of the Tutsi in this country, according to a publication in the Official Journal. .

These are the archives of former President François Mitterrand as well as those of his Prime Minister at the time, Édouard Balladur.

Several of these documents, in particular diplomatic telegrams and confidential notes, appeared in the damning report on the role of France in Rwanda between 1990 and 1994 delivered by a commission of historians at the end of March.

The Duclert report looks back on the French commitment during these four decisive years, during which the genocidal drift of the Hutu regime took place, leading to the tragedy of 1994: some 800,000 people, mostly Tutsi, were exterminated in abominable conditions between April and July.

More information to follow.

With AFP


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