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Fully revised and updated< br/>< br/>The massacre of one million Rwandan Tutsis by ethnic Hutus in 1994 has become a symbol of the international community's helplessness in the face of human rights atrocities. It is assumed that the West was well-intentioned, but ultimately ineffectual. But as Andrew Wallis reveals in this shocking book, one country - France - was secretly providing military, financial and diplomatic support to the genocidaires all along. Based on new interviews with key players and eye-witnesses, and previously unreleased documents, Walliss' book tells a story which many have suspected, but never seen set out before. France, Wallis discovers, was keen to defend its influence in Africa, even if it meant complicity in genocide, for as French President Francois Mitterrand once said: in countries like that, genocide is not so important. Wallis's riveting expose of the French role in one of the darkest chapters of human history will provoke furious debate, denials, and outrage.

Furiously hard-hitting and thoroughly researched'The Independent'Powerful. Wallis produces plentiful evidence that some French officers were training the Hutus how to capture and tie up prisoners, how to slit their bellies so that their bodies wouldn't float... There is no part of the French past that needs honesty and a clear break more than this.'The Sunday Times'This book indicates the influence exerted by an ex-colonial power as a permanent member of the Security Council. On the difficult road that so many developing countries must travel towards the rule of law and human rights, as in the case of Rwanda, this interference and less than helpful involvement in the denouement of a civil war and genocide by different levels of the French Government is a reflection of self-interest and inept use of what should have been the moral authority of a world power.France could have lead the charge to reinforce the UN mission through direct support to the Franco-African nations that were ready to come and stop the human catastrophe and civil war. The French government instead chose to intervene on the side of one off the most ruthless and destructive group of genocidaires in world history.'Romeo Dallaire, Commander of UNAMIR peace-keeping force in Rwanda, 1993-1994'Through the quality of his sources and the rigour of his analysis, Andrew Wallis renders France's complicity in the Rwandan Genocide undeniable' --Mehdia Ba, author of Rwanda, Un Genocide Francais

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  • Andrew Wallis(Author)
  • I.B.Tauris; Annotated edition edition (26 Mar. 2014)
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  • By Gildas Sapiens on 19 February 2007

    This is an extraordinary book. It is outstanding neither because of its presentation nor because the story it tells is in essence hitherto untold. It deserves careful reading rather because it is an important contribution in providing the detail of a tragic, lamentable, culpable and irreparable episode in the history of France. The failure of the French Government and regime to date to recognize the monstrous morality and devastating consequences of its foreign policy actions in Rwanda continues 12 years after the genocide is laid bare.The information, drawn from a range of sources, adds strength to the already comprehensive indictment of French actions in Rwanda from 1990 onwards. But this is not just an indictment of the past. The excellent final chapter includes many significant and well made conclusions, of which this one concerning Agathe Habyarimana, the wife of the former dictator, makes clear this book proclaims France has much to do in coming to terms with its actions: `Meanwhile (2006), Madame de l'Akazu sits safely in her comfortable Parisian house cloaked in a secure French political cocoon that mocks the Rwandan dead.'The conclusions are well drawn and represent accurately the evidence presented. Would that the research the book represents and the story it tells were matched by its narrative. The route to the conclusions is strewn by an anti-French tone, selective quotes and a prejudicial use of language. The chronology veered back and forth in the first few chapters and an appendix showing a detailed timeline would have enhanced the book. Of course the author is writing from the standpoint of his conclusions but he would have done better to conceal his conclusions more until he had laid out his evidence.This is an important contribution to the corpus of analysis and information about the Rwandan genocide of 1994.

  • By Overseas Reviewer on 5 April 2007

    This is a shocking account of the disregard the French government under Mitterrand showed towards African lives. Well referenced, this describes how sections of the administration supported those responsible for the premeditated genocide of Rwandan Tutsis, despite being fully aware of the consequences. It is a terrible indictment of how personal cronyism, corruption and basic, petty Anglophobia still contribute to the direction of modern-day French foreign policy making.Another reviewer suggests that the author adopts an anti-French tone and to some extent this is evident, but in my opinion it would be difficult to document these events without doing so. I also observed problems with the consistency of the chronology in the earlier chapters.I highly recommend this book as it is, on the whole, well-written and the subject matter does not appear to be covered in similar detail in any other English language title.

  • By James Wizeye on 8 April 2014

    This is not so much an account of the genocide – other books like Prunier’s cover this in far more detail – but it focus’, as the title suggests, on how France under Mitterrand got involved in Rwanda to the point where it has been accused of complicity in the killing (arming, funding, political support and allowing those responsible to escape). The new (2014) edition has an added chapter, which looks at the incredible story of relations between the two countries during the past six years.The author portrays a feeling that politics has interfered with justice, with revelations about the true nature of French policy and action in Rwanda in the early 1990s and since then a concerted political effort to cover up that policy and to deny the magnitude of the crime. There seems an incredible amount of scarcely believable political double-play going on which could fill a whole book just on what has happened in the past six years, but this added chapter seems to offer a credible and useful outline on Bruguiere, Trevidic, Mucyo and issues of genocidaire living freely in France.I’m not sure I agree with another review that the author was being anti-French, perhaps more a sense that he finds certain members of the former Mitterrand government and military were responsible for a disastrous policy in Rwanda and are still in denial about it. Given many French military who served in Rwanda have recently testified in defence of genocidaire on trial in Europe and in Arusha, that seems a fair point.James Wizeye

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