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24 February 2010 by -

French president Nicholas Sarkozy will arrive in Rwanda tomorrow, marking the first visit by a French leader since the 1994 genocide.

Tensions between the two countries peaked in 2006. Rwanda broke off diplomatic ties after a French judge issued arrest warrants against nine close associates of Rwandan president Paul Kagame. In 2008, Rwanda accused France of complicity in the genocide, naming 33 political and military officials it said should be put on trial.

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13 January 2010 by -

Hutu extremists shot down the plane carrying former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana in 1994, says the Rwandan government. An official report issued on Monday found that members of Habyarimana’s inner-circle planned his murder in order to scuttle a power-sharing deal with former rebel leader Paul Kagame. The assassination was then used as a pretext for the genocide.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

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27 September 2011 by Franck Petit

During his first visit to France since the 1994 genocide Rwandan President Paul Kagame repeated his will to “move forward”, to “overcome past disputes” and enter without delay into the second phase of reconciliation.

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10 March 2010 by Thijs Bouwknegt

Sixteen years after the assassination of former Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana, his widow Agathe Kanziga Habyarimana is facing seven counts of genocide and the possibility of being extradited to Rwanda. She was arrested on March 2nd in the Parisian suburb of Courcouronnes, where she had been living for the last twelve years.

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30 March 2011 by Franck Petit

“We want the people responsible for the genocide found and punished”, declared French President Nicolas Sarkozy on 25 February 2010 in Kigali, Rwanda. The stakes were high. The visit marked the resumption of diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda, three years after allegations against President Paul Kagamé by the French inquiry into the 1994 attack on the then Rwandan President Juvénal Habyarimana. The visit was also the first by a French head of state since the genocide.

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25 April 2005 by Thierry Cruvellier

When the defence case in the military trial opened on 11 April before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), there was an inevitable feeling of vertigo. "The first word that springs to mind is: Finally! Eleven years after the crimes, nine years after his arrest, eight years and three months after his arrival in Arusha, Colonel Bagosora can finally begin to explain himself. Raphaël Constant, the lawyer for the most famous Rwandan genocide suspect, is one of only two people in the courtroom to have followed the lengthy proceedings against Théoneste Bagosora and his three co-accused from the start.

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02 June 2010 by -

French police last Wednesday arrested Eugene Rwamucyo, a doctor suspected of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

By Thijs Bouwknegt

Rwamucyo was arrested near Paris while attending the funeral of Jean-Bosco Barayagwiza, who was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda on genocide charges and who died in prison in Benin while serving his sentence.

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30 June 2010 by Hermione Gee

Peter Erlinder, lead defense counsel for top genocide suspects at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), was released from a Rwandan prison on June 18th. The law professor was charged with genocide denial after questioning the official Rwandan version of the 1994 genocide. Erlinder was detained on May 28th while in Kigali to defend opposition presidential candidate Victoire Ingabire.

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17 March 2007 by Louis Martin Rugendo

Two years after the official March 10, 2005 start date for genocide trials before gacaca (community) courts, nearly 60,000 decisions have been rendered. This impressive figure, however, represents only 7% of those being prosecuted in Rwanda. And yet, the government has announced gacaca trials will finish at the end of 2007.

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04 December 2006 by Thierry Cruvellier

On November 17, over eight years after he began an investigation into the April 6, 1994 attack that cost the life of Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and triggered the genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda, French judge Jean-Louis Bruguière requested that arrest warrants be issued against nine high-ranking officers in Rwanda's current military, including the chief of staff and the head of the army. He would also like to see the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) prosecute the current Head of State, Paul Kagame, who is protected in France by presidential immunity. However, the ICTR will likely do nothing.

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