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Macron in Rwanda for a historical speech: Will it present the excuses of France?
© Copyright 2021, Obs arrived this Thursday, May 27th in Rwanda at dawn, Emmanuel Macron makes a highly symbolic visit with the ambition to finalize the reconciliation process after more than twenty-five years of diplomatic tensions related The role played by France in the genocide of Tutsis in 1994.
Emmanuel Macron has "recognized" this Thursday, May 27 in KigaliIn Rwanda in 1994. A "historic" speech and greeted by Rwandan representatives, although he has left certain disappointments.
Egide Nkuranga, President of Ibuka, one of the most important victim support associations, thus regretted that Emmanuel Macron did not show "clearly apologies" in his speech. Several personalities such as the Deputy Deputy Raphael Glucksmann had in particular asked that the French President asked for forgiveness.
"It was expected that it clearly presents excuses on behalf of the French State. He did not do it. Even ask forgiveness, he did not do it, "said Egide Nkuranga at AFP. However, he added, President Macron "really tried to explain the genocide, how did it happen, what they did not do, their responsibilities [...] it's very important? It shows that he understands us. "
Rwanda: The main association of survivors regrets the absence of "excuses" by Macron
© Ludovic Marin / AFP visiting Rwanda Thursday, the President of the Republic Emmanuel Macron acknowledged the "responsibilities" of France in The genocide of Tutsi in this country in 1994. "It was expected to apologize on behalf of the French State," reacts the President of the main organization of survivors, Thursday on Europe 1.
"More Value than Excuses"
for Rwandan President Paul Kagame, the words of Emmanuel Macron had on the contrary "more value than apologies". "They were the truth," he said at a joint press conference, evoking the "huge courage" of his French counterpart. He greeted a "powerful speech, with special meaning".
"This visit speaks of the future, not the past. France and Rwanda will improve their relationships for our peoples, economically, politically and in the field of culture, "he also said, adding:" But the relationship between our two countries will never be totally conventional. There is a particular familiarity that results from the terrible and complex story that we share, for the better and for the worst. We want to create a strong and lasting relationship based on two, France and Rwanda priorities. A "historic" speech but "blurred"
for its part, the researcher François Graner, who has been working for more than twenty years on the role of France in Rwanda and led a judicial battle, said it was a "moving, historical and macron moment grows up by making such a speech."
Emmanuel Macron visits Rwanda: between memory work and geopolitics
Emmanuel Macron is expected this Thursday, May 27 in Kigali. Twenty-seven years after the genocide of Tutsis, France and Rwanda normalize their relationship. I am only one interlocutor among so many who worked at this rapprochement, modestly recognizes Hervé Berville, deputy LREM of the Côtes-d'Armor. This Thursday morning, it will be in the presidential plane that goes to Kigali , his hometown.
According to this member of the survival association, it was "a historical speech from a symbolic point of view". He added to AFP:"But at the same time, the president used very calibrated words to disduver the diplomacy, the army, the French policies, he refuted the accusations of complicity and remained blurred on the unavoyable acts of France.
The question of the role of France before, during and after the genocide of Tutsis of Rwanda has been a hot topic for years, even leading to a breakdown of diplomatic relations between Paris and Kigali between 2006 and 2009.
A historian report, published in March and led by Vincent Duclert, concluded toand the" blindness "of the Socialist President of the Socialist. 'era, François Mitterrand, and his entourage in the face of the racist and genocidal drift of the Hutu government then supported Paris.
The speech of Emmanuel Macron marks a new step in the soaking of these relationships. In the wake, he announced the next appointment of a French ambassador to Rwanda, where the position has been vacant since 2015. "The normalization of our relations can not engage without this stage", while France is currently represented in Kigali by a business officer, "said Emmanuel Macron.
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