Rwanda, story of a genocide foretold

Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, both Kigali and Paris are still trying to shed light on some of the grey areas of the massacre of nearly one million people between April and July 1994. Did the then French government turn a blind eye to the evidence? Did it allow some of the perpetrators to go free? In this exclusive documentary, we hear from witnesses and observers in an effort to understand what led to one of the worst genocides in history.


On April 7, Rwanda will mark 25 years since the start of the genocide in which between 800,000 and one million people - mainly ethnic Tutsis - were slaughtered in just 100 days, between April 7 and July 17, 1994. For the past quarter century, France has been closely associated with the tragedy. Well-kept secrets on France’s role are only now starting to be revealed. Twenty-five years after the tragic events of 1994, newly obtained documents show that the humanitarian zone, which was controlled by the French army at the time, was used by some Hutus to flee to neighbouring Zaire (now known as DR Congo). These documents also reveal tensions at the time between the French presidency and the French foreign ministry over how to react to the events unfolding in Rwanda.

>> On Rwanda to mark 25 years since the genocide

FRANCE 24 brings you an exclusive documentary, filmed in both Paris and Kigali, offering opposing viewpoints and new accounts of events. We hear from Hubert Védrine, who was chief of staff to president François Mitterrand at the time, plus key French military figures, as well as former Hutu militiamen.

Directed by Michael Sztanke.

A Babel Doc production for FRANCE 24.

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