Rwanda- France: How connected is new French chief of staff with the Tutsi Genocide?


The appointment of François Lecointre, Chief of Staff of the French Army, has awakened the scars from current diplomatic relations between France and Rwanda over the years since the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

Lecointre was part of the famous ‘Operation Turquoise’ in favor of the Genocide in Rwanda’s Western region. Jacques Morel, French political specialist in Africa comes back on the previous missions of the new head of state in the heart of Africa, so the navy captain as reported, last week.

Morel said, “François Lecointre was assigned to the ‘Nord Turquoise’ military troop, where he was a sector official in Gisovu commune. The then Head of the troops collaborated with the tea factory director Alfred Musema, one of the organizers of the genocide in the region of Bisesero”

“We have evidence. At the trial of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he was sentenced for committing Genocide, a defense document filed by his defense is a letter from Captain Lecointre to Musema. In this missile dated July 18, 1994, he informed him that he would change from the sector and leave the region in a subordinate. This document shows that their relationship was cordial. Instead of investigating and stopping, Lecointre worked with him,” Morel adds.

“In a letter written in the Golden Ancestry of 18 July, the captain mentioned the lifesaving of Tutsi hidden children in Hutus. He describes nightlife operations without light, not to be identified by the militia, who, he said, “continued their night patrols”. Proof that the French have allowed the militia to freely operate in the “safe humanitarian” area declared by the Hexagon early in July.

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This humanitarian zone was safe for the militia, since they could continue to operate without being attacked by the Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF), which had already been two weeks in control of the capital of Kigali, without the right to enter the area. The same RPF troops and allies would set up a government of the national unity, a day after sending a requesting letter, on July 19, 1994.

In fact, according to Morel, the new chief of staff protected the Tutsi Genocide perpetrators. For Jacques Morel, Emmanuel Macron pursued the ideological line former French defense Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, now teacher of History and Geography which fully covers the Tutsi        Genocide.

He [Le Drien] suggests France should be proud of they [its troops] had done on Rwandan soil. However, the papers published by the 1998 parliamentary information mission are extremely compromising. “The French army is wet to the neck. We are in the worst lie “.

In addition, the current deputy head of operations, Gregorian de Saint-Quentin, was one of the first to know about the crash of former President Juvenile Habyarimana when the incident took place on April 6, 1994, a day before the Tutsi were openly killed in the eyes of the global community.

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