The meeting will be held at the French National Assembly, Palais Bourbon, in Paris under the pretext of studying issues Great Lakes countries are currently facing.
The agenda shows that genocide deniers and other researchers who in the past advanced the double-genocide theory will be invited to freely express their ideologies.
CRF and IBUKA France stated "It is highly inappropriate for a respectable government body to give a platform to genocide deniers and double-genocide theorists especially when France prepares to commemorate the 1994 genocide against Tutsi as stated in Decree No. 2019-435 of May 13th, 2019 that "The 1994 Genocide against Tutsi shall henceforth be observed and commemorated in France every year on April 7th."
"We demand that senators and the French parliament condemn genocide ideologies and deny support to all forms of hate propaganda."
The petition condemning the meeting and its agenda has so far been signed by 2693 people of 5000 needed and follows various social media posts urging the French Senate to cancel the meeting.
Some notorious genocide ideologists expected in the meeting include Charles Onana, Judi Rever, Hubert Vedrine, and Vincent Hervouët.
Vedrine is a French Socialist politician and was President Mitterand’s diplomatic and advisor, spokesperson and finally as Secretary General of the French Presidency from 1991 to 1995. Mitterand’s government vehemently supported the 1994 genocide against Tutsi.
Judi Rever is a Canadian freelance print and broadcast journalist. She is the author of many books denying the 1994 genocide against Tutsi as it is the case for Charles Onana.
Vincent Hervouët is a journalist on the LCI channel who is notorious for offering a platform to genocide perpetrators and ideologists.