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Thu Feb 6, 2014, 06:59 PM

23. More about the French intervention in favor of the genocidaires...

 

is coming out now in France.

While this is not news -- repeat, everyone knew about the French intervention in favor of the genocidaires while it was happening, it was front-page news in Europe -- the coming trial is a welcome development, in part because at least France may finally be declared responsible for its actions in the imperialist proxy war with the United States.



http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/feb/05/paris-trial-elysee-rwanda-genocide

We may soon learn France's real role in the Rwanda genocide

In a milestone court case in Paris, unprecedented testimony could reveal the Elysée's links to the 1994 génocidaires


Linda Melvern
The Guardian, Wednesday 5 February 2014


‘The policy was devised in secret … within the confines of the Africa Unit. At its heart was François Mitterrand.' Photograph: Brian Harris/The Independent/REX

The trial this week of a Rwandan genocide suspect in a Paris courtroom is a well-earned victory for the French human rights groups who lobbied so hard and so long for justice. The milestone trial signals the end of France as a safe haven for génocidaries. But more than this, the trial is likely to see intense public scrutiny of one of the great scandals of the past century – the role of France in the 1994 genocide of the Tutsi of Rwanda, which for 20 years journalists and activists have tried so hard to expose.

Pascal Simbikangwa, the defendant in Paris, is said to have been a member of an inner circle of power in Rwanda that devised genocide as a planned political campaign. Developed by Hutu ideologues, it was intended to prevent a power-sharing system of government that was to include the minority Tutsi. The genocide claimed up to a million lives.....

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Until now there has been a complete absence of will in Paris to bring to justice any of the estimated 27 Rwandan genocide fugitives who live on French soil. The country was a staunch ally of the Rwandan government which planned and perpetrated the genocide. The trial may well show the French electorate just how appalling its secret policy towards the central African state really was.

The policy was devised in secret, with no accountability from press or parliament and largely determined within the confines of a special office in the president's Elysée Palace known as the Africa Unit. It operated through a network of military officers, politicians, diplomats, businessmen and senior intelligence operatives. At its heart was President François Mitterrand, who had operated through senior army officers: General Christian Quesnot, Admiral Jacques Lanxade and General Jean-Pierre Huchon.....

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