Macron admitted to French guilt over its role during Genocide against Tutsi today as he visited Kigali Genocide Memorial located in Gisozi where more than 250,000 victims are laid to rest.
"Standing here today, with humility and respect, by your side, I have come to recognize our responsibilities," said Macron.
He said that France had a duty to admit the "suffering it inflicted on the Rwandan people by too long valuing silence over the examination of the truth."
Macron said that only those who had survived the horrors “can perhaps forgive; give us the gift of forgiveness”.
Rwanda, France relations deteriorated after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi. Macron is the first French leader to visit the country in ten years.
“France did not listen to those who warned it about the impending extermination in Rwanda and stood de facto by a genocidal regime,” Macron said.
He stated that France “was not an accomplice” in the genocide but ended up siding with Rwanda’s “genocidal regime” and bore an “overwhelming responsibility” in the slide toward Genocide.
When the genocide started, “the international community took close to three months, three interminable months, before reacting and we, all of us, abandoned hundreds of thousands of victims”.
"France’s failures contributed to “27 years of bitter distance” between the two countries," he said.