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Emmanuel Macron, in Paris, March 12, 2024.

This is the story of a communication misstep that grew to become a political error. Sunday April 7, whereas Rwanda celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of the Tutsi genocide, a video by Emmanuel Macron blurred the memorial sequence on France's function within the extermination of no less than 800,000 folks in 100 days in 1994 , a file thought of as one of many French president's nice achievements in Africa. “I think I said everything on May 27, 2021 when I was among you. I have no words to add, no words to subtract from what I told you that day.”says the president, framed by the French, European and Rwandan flags, in reference to his historic speech given in Kigali.

Words which do not fail to amaze because, three days earlier, the Elysée had gone further. In a message sent to journalists, he announced that the president [tenait] to speak on Sunday in a video. “The Head of State will recall that when the phase of total extermination of the Tutsi began, the international community had the means to know and act (…) and that France, which could have stopped the genocide with its Western and African allies, did not have the will to do so”continues the Elysian message which specifies to the press that “the elements can be used now”.

Fundamentally, the position of the French presidency is not new: it was already contained in the speech given by Emmanuel Macron in 2021 during his visit to the Gisozi Memorial in Rwanda. For the first time, France, which in 1994 was a historic ally of the genocidal regime, recognized its “overwhelming responsibility in a spiral that ended in the worst”a repentance which put an end to twenty-five years of diplomatic quarrel between the two countries.

“It’s a crazy mess”

But in terms of form, the release of this video caused a reaction, as each word on the painful history of the Tutsi genocide is scrutinized, weighed, analyzed in Paris as in Kigali. Specialists on the subject, such as the historian Vincent Duclert, author of the report which preceded the Franco-Rwandan reconciliation, saw in the elements of language which had filtered through on Thursday a new ” step ahead “. Enough to forgive the absence of Emmanuel Macron on Sunday in Kigali. Officially as a result of “a scheduling problem” as a result of ceremony to pay tribute to the French resistance fighters from the Glières plateau (Haute-Savoie) in the course of the Second World War, which happened on the identical day, it’s interpreted as an indication of difficulties within the current resumption of the connection between the 2 nations, notably due to Rwanda's function within the destabilization of japanese Democratic Republic of Congo.

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