Many Rwandan and French personalities took part in the 24th genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis in 1994, including the Rwandan ambassador to France, Jacques Kabale, the president of the France-Rwanda friendship group, Sira Sylla, the mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo and the director Africa and Indian Ocean of the Quai d’Orsay, Rémy Maréchaux.
The event was seen as a sign of the warming diplomatic relations between the two countries, which have always been in turmoil since 1994.
The Quai d’Orsay said that “France, on its territory and abroad, joins the Rwandan population to honor the memory of the victims and salute the dignity of survivors and the capacity of reconciliation of the Rwandan people.”
For Jacques Kabale, the official presence of France at this ceremony of remembrance is valuable message. “In other years, we have not always had representatives of the Quai d’Orsay or the Elysee. We say: these are small steps that we make towards each other and which will produce, I think, yield results, “he said, adding:” there is reason to be optimistic, to see the future, to see these small steps and to encourage them. The sky clears, but there are still clouds.
L’ambassadeur du Rwanda en France, Jacques Kabale, allumant les bougies lors de la céremonie de commémoration du génocide à Paris
The representative of Ibuka-France, Aymeric Givord, a French-Rwandan, criticized the small groups of deniers and revisionists of the genocide perpetrated against the Tutsis in 1994 and who moreover attack those who stopped this genocide.
Givord pledged Ibuka-France’s contribution to fighting revisionism and genocide denial, as well as those who continue to intentionally stir up the inner wounds of genocide victims.
Also participating in the ceremony commemorating the genocide, the director of Africa and Indian Ocean Quai d’Orsay, Rémy Maréchaux, the advisor responsible for African affairs of President Emmanuel Macron, Marie Audouard, and other French personalities.
Kayigirwa Jeanne Allaire, a genocide survivor present at the ceremony gave her testimony about the genocidaires’stalking and the conditions in which their parents died.
Ambassador Kabale thanked all those who contributed to the preparation of this ceremony of commemoration, among others the Paris City Hall, as well as all those who took part, among which organizations such as Foundation for the memory of the Shoa” and ” Association for the Memory of Armenian Genocide”.
KAGAHE Jean Louis