Kigali Opens A Formal Investigation On 20 French Officials

Rwanda has opened a formal probe into 20 French officials suspected of playing a role in the 1994 genocide, in a move likely to further sour diplomatic ties with France. Kigali has long accused France of complicity in the genocide of some 800,000 mostly ethnic Tutsis, at the hands of Hutu extremists. When France did finally send in troops in Operation Turquoise, it was accused of only doing so to counter the advance of the Tutsi rebels of Paul Kagame, who is now president, while allowing the perpetrators to escape to neighbouring Zaire, which later became the Democratic Republic of Congo.