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Historian Vincent Duclert is the head of the research commission on the French archives relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide. He recently handed over to President Emmanuel Macron a highly-awaited report on France’s role in the massacres. Duclert explains that “there isn’t a single archive … that showed that France wanted to be part of the criminal enterprise”. But he adds that by supporting Rwanda’s Hutu President Juvénal Habyarimana, François Mitterrand-era France bears an immense responsibility: “when you put such an ethnic color on matters, you end up with a genocide”. .



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