Former French President Accused in Genocide Report
The late President Francois Mitterrand and former Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin were named, among others.
Francois Mitterrand was French president during the 1994 Rwanda genocide, who died later in 1996.
Foreign Ministry of France stated that officials were still pondering over the accusations that were listed in a report, and thus, have yet to make a formal response.
Rwanda's government and genocide survivor organizations have often accused France of training and arming the militias and former government troops who led the genocide. But the latest accusations were the most detailed and point to top-level French officials.
Hutu militias slaughtered minority Tutsis and politically moderate Hutus in the said genocide, which lasted from April to July 1994.
"French soldiers themselves directly were involved in assassinations of Tutsis and Hutus accused of hiding Tutsis," the Rwandan report stated, which was collated by a government-appointed team of Justice Ministry investigators. "French soldiers committed many rapes, specifically of Tutsi women."
Mitterrand and Villepin appear on a list of dozens of names at the end of the document, who were accused of giving French support of "a political, military, diplomatic and logistic nature."
In the past, French officials have persistently denied that allegations that France assisted or directed the Hutu forces.
Although Rwandan Justice Minister Tharcisse Karugarama said his country had no immediate plans to issue indictments, the report, nonetheless, "could be the basis for potential charges against individuals or the state."
A French parliamentary panel in 1998 absolved France of responsibility in the slaughter.
Legislators claimed, however, that successive French governments had given diplomatic and military support to Rwanda's extremist government between 1990 and 1994.