New report exposes role of French mercenaries during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi

On 25 mars 2022 at 08:02

A French organization dubbed, Survie has released a report indicating that there are French mercenaries who closely worked with and offered services to the Government which prepared and executed the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi.

The report released on Thursday 24th March 2022 is based on archives of French foreign intelligence agency (DGSE) compiled between May and August 1994.

It discloses the role of French mercenaries Paul Barril and Bod Denard in supporting the genocidaire Government.

As the report shows, Paul Barril and Bob Denard and their friends worked closely with individuals from the genocidaire Government who fled to France. Those include Agathe Habyarimana, the wife of former President Juvenal Habyarimana.

It is said that the two men had entered agreements with the interim Government to provide intelligence report and weapons used during the Genocide.

The recent report indicates that they organized different activities overseen by DGSE which also reported the situation to Élysée, the office of Prime Minister and other ministries.

François Crétollier, one of contributors of the report released by Survie has revealed that France was aware that the mercenaries, Bob Denard, Paul Barril and their friends had been dispatched to Rwanda.

“French Government behaved as if it knew nothing about the issue for several years. This is a lie,” he said.

Crétollier also revealed that the Government of Habyarimana was at the axis of these activities to dodge imposed sanctions.

Robert Denard who died in 2007, was a French soldier who served as a mercenary and was involved in different activities under false identity by changing his names to "Gilbert Bourgeaud" and "Saïd Mustapha Mahdjoub".

It is said that Denard used to send his subordinates to Rwanda during the Genocide with different missions and paid through BNP Paribas, a French international banking group.

The bank was recently taken to court for role in the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi due to the money released on the request of officials in the then Rwandan Government to buy weapons yet UN had imposed sanctions against the country.

It is said that Denard (in the middle) used to send his subordinates to Rwanda during the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda.