Senior French politicians, including the late president François Mitterand and two prime ministers, were complicit in the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, alleges a 500-page report released by the government . The report, which follows a 2-year investigation, also accuses the French military of crimes against humanity. Rwanda's justice ministry said yesterday that it seeks to put the accused politicians on trial, reports the Guardian.
The report is the latest salvo in a long-running struggle between France and Rwanda over responsibility for the deaths of 800,000 people. Two years ago a leading French judge accused Paul Kagame, Rwanda's president and the erstwhile leader of the Tutsi rebels, of ordering the assassination of his predecessor. That claim sparked outrage in the Rwandan government, which says France armed Hutu extremists.