For only the fourth time on French soil, a genocide and crimes against humanity trial opened today in Paris. The previous three all involved notorious Nazis or Nazi collaborators. This one puts in the dock 54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa, a former head of Rwandan intelligence and one of the alleged orchestrators of a genocide that left nearly 800,000 dead in just 100 days. But what purpose does a trial like this one really serve?
Produced and prepared by Anelise Borges, Haxie Meyers-Belkin and Christopher Davis
Former French Defence Ministry Official
Lawyer representing the CPCR
Lawyer for former Rwandan army captain Pascal Simbikangwa
Patrick de SAINT EXUPERY
Founder of the XXI Revue and author of "L'Inavouable : la France au Rwanda"
Author of "The Ethnic Trap"
FRANCE 24 reporter