President Macron Acknowledges France’s Responsibility in Rwanda Genocide

About This Source - Bloomberg QuickTake: Now

Bloomberg L.P. is a privately held financial, software, data, and media company headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York City.

It was founded by Michael Bloomberg in 1981, with the help of Thomas Secunda, Duncan MacMillan, Charles Zegar, and a 12% ownership investment by Merrill Lynch.

Recent from Bloomberg QuickTake: Now:

  • LIVE: Senate Debates Nomination of Biden Intelligence Pick Christopher Fonzone
  • How Does Ranked-Choice Voting Work? What to Know for NYC Mayor Election
  • Raiders’ Carl Nassib Becomes First Active NFL Player to Come Out as Gay
  • Bloomberg Quicktake: Now published this video item, entitled “President Macron Acknowledges France’s Responsibility in Rwanda Genocide” – below is their description.

    President Emmanuel Macron acknowledged France’s “responsibilities” in the 1994 Rwanda genocide while denying his country was an “accomplice” in the events that left 800,000 people dead, in a bid to end years of strained relations.

    “As I stand with you today, with humility and respect, I recognize the magnitude of our responsibilities,” Macron said Thursday in Kigali, where he’s meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame. France is recognizing “the suffering it has inflicted on the Rwandan people by allowing silence to prevail for too long,” he said.

    Macron is only the second French president to visit Rwanda after Nicolas Sarkozy in 2010.

    Last month, law firm Levy Firestone Muse LLP released a report saying France bears significant responsibility for the genocide because it helped facilitate the massacre by arming, advising and protecting the Rwandan government. A Macron-backed panel earlier absolved France, but found the country’s colonial attitude had impeded its judgment in the build-up to the killings.

    “This visit is about the future not the past,” Kagame said at a joint press briefing with Macron. “We wish to form a strong and sustainable relationship based on the priorities of our peoples.”

    The move to mend relations is part of a broader effort by Macron to address criticism of France’s history in Africa, where it ruled countries including Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Algeria for decades. He has supported West African efforts to split from the French-backed regional currency, and the return of African relics and artifacts taken during the colonial era.

    Macron has also supported French businesses seeking opportunities beyond French-speaking West Africa, emboldening companies such as Total, Vinci and Orange to increase investment or sign new deals in Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia.

    As Macron sought to explain why France wasn’t an accomplice in the genocide, he said, “the killers who haunted the marshes, the hills, the churches did not have the face of France.” He continued: “the blood that flowed did not dishonor her weapons nor the hands of her soldiers, who also saw the unspeakable with their own eyes, dressed wounds, and choked back their tears.”

    The overture got a mixed reception. Ibuka, an organization representing survivors of the genocide, regretted that the French president didn’t clearly apologize, though it praised his attempt to explain the role and the responsibility of France. Opposition party members in Rwanda meanwhile, said they were disappointed that Macron isn’t condemning Kagame’s push to cling to power with a recent constitutional change.

    Bloomberg Quicktake: Now YouTube Channel

    Got a comment? Leave your thoughts in the comments section, below. Please note comments are moderated before publication.

    In This Story: Algeria

    Algeria, officially the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria, is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country on the Mediterranean coast. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest by area in the African Union and the Arab world. With an estimated population of over 44 million, it is the eighth-most populous country in Africa.

    Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the southeast by Niger, to the southwest by Mali, Mauritania, and the Western Saharan territory, to the west by Morocco, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country has a semi-arid geography, with most of the population living in the fertile north and the Sahara dominating the geography of the south. This arid geography makes the country very vulnerable to climate change.

    2 Recent Items: Algeria

  • Nigeria: The tweet that got Twitter banned | The Listening Post
  • Algeria bans France 24 for ‘biased’ coverage of mass anti-govt protests [DEBATE]
  • In This Story: Emmanuel Macron

    Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frédéric Macron is a French politician who has been President of France and ex officio Co-Prince of Andorra since 14 May 2017. In the legislative elections a month later, Macron’s party, renamed “La République En Marche!” (LREM), secured a majority in the National Assembly. At the age of 39, Macron became the youngest president in French history.

    Books #Ad

    4 Recent Items: Emmanuel Macron

  • Angela Merkel receives Emmanuel Macron in Berlin
  • French president Emmanuel Macron says he backs Australia in China trade row | ABC News
  • LIVE: Biden Holds News Conference After Attending NATO Summit in Brussels
  • REPLAY: Emmanuel Macron holds news conference after NATO assembly
  • In This Story: Ethiopia

    Ethiopia, in the Horn of Africa, is a rugged, landlocked country split by the Great Rift Valley. With archaeological finds dating back more than 3 million years, it’s a place of ancient culture. Among its important sites are Lalibela with its rock-cut Christian churches from the 12th–13th centuries. Aksum is the ruins of an ancient city with obelisks, tombs, castles and Our Lady Mary of Zion church.

    3 Recent Items: Ethiopia

  • Ethiopia votes in first test to PM Abiy Ahmed – Eye on Africa
  • 🇪🇹 Will Ethiopia’s elections be free and fair? | The Stream
  • Ethiopians vote as opposition alleges some irregularities
  • In This Story: France

    France is a republic and the largest Western European nation. Through expansion and colonisation in the 17th and 18th centuries France became a great power and still retains territories around the world. It has a seat on the UN security council and is the world’s fourth most wealthy country with a high standard of living and strong cultural identity.

    6 Recent Items: France

  • Euro 2021: Danemark dare to dream, Belgium put Finland on brink of exit
  • Euro 2021: Belgium wins 3rd straight, beats Finland 2-0
  • Euro 2021: Denmark thump Russia to make last 16 in stunning fashion
  • Euro 2021: The Netherlands finish group stage in style
  • NZ weightlifter Hubbard to become first transgender athlete to compete at Tokyo Olympics
  • France’s “Fête de la musique” 2021: Celebration takes place as Covid-19 restrictions ease
  • In This Story: Kenya

    Kenya is a country in East Africa with coastline on the Indian Ocean. It encompasses savannah, lakelands, the dramatic Great Rift Valley and mountain highlands. It’s also home to wildlife like lions, elephants and rhinos. From Nairobi, the capital, safaris visit the Maasai Mara Reserve, known for its annual wildebeest migrations, and Amboseli National Park, offering views of Tanzania’s 5,895m Mt. Kilimanjaro.

    2 Recent Items: Kenya

  • Kenya Barris Spills on Working with Barack and Michelle Obama on We the People | The Tonight Show
  • Sir David Attenborough Addresses Consequences of Human Behaviour | The Jonathan Ross Show
  • In This Story: Mali

    Mali, officially the Republic of Mali, is a landlocked country in West Africa. Mali is the eighth-largest country in Africa, with an area of just over 1,240,000 square kilometres. The population of Mali is 19.1 million. 67% of its population was estimated to be under the age of 25 in 2017. Its capital is Bamako.

    2 Recent Items: Mali

  • 6 French soldiers wounded in Mali suicide car bomb blast
  • Burkina Faso refugees recount horrors of violence
  • In This Story: Mozambique

    Mozambique is a southern African nation whose long Indian Ocean coastline is dotted with popular beaches like Tofo, as well as offshore marine parks. In the Quirimbas Archipelago, a 250km stretch of coral islands, mangrove-covered Ibo Island has colonial-era ruins surviving from a period of Portuguese rule. The Bazaruto Archipelago farther south has reefs which protect rare marine life including dugongs. 

    2 Recent Items: Mozambique

  • Refugee Displacement Surged in 2020 Despite Covid-19: Reports UN
  • Illegal gold mining in Mozambique | Global Ideas
  • Leave a Comment