Macron admits French responsibility in the 1994 Rwandan genocide

Emmanuel Macron, France’s president, has admitted French responsibility in the 1994 Rwanda genocide in a speech at the Kigali Genocide Memorial intended to draw a line under over two decades of diplomatic rancour.

Macron said that France, under the then presidency of François Mitterrand, had stood “alongside a genocidal regime” and had done too little to prevent the killing of some 800,000 Tutsis and their Hutu sympathisers.

Although Rwanda was not a French colony, rapprochement has been considered vital, partly because Kagame, who has run the country of 13m people since 1994, is considered one of the most influential leaders in the continent.