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French President Macron needs to do more than apologize for France’s Exploitation and Genocide in Africa

by AfroWorldNews

From the French role during the Rwandan genocide to its colonial-era crimes in Algeria and looting of indigenous art, President Emmanuel Macron has gone further than predecessors in recognizing some of the darker chapters of his country’s past in Africa.

But historians say more needs to be done to restore France’s image on a continent where its long history of meddling in former colonies has created a poisonous legacy, particularly for young Africans.

The latest development in France’s reckoning with its past came on Friday when a historical commission set up by Macron concluded that France bore “overwhelming responsibilities” in the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

The report accused France, which had close ties to the Hutu regime behind the massacre of ethnic Tutsis, of being “blind” to preparations for the mass killings, though it found no evidence of French complicity in the bloodshed.

The French presidency said it hoped the report would engineer an “irreversible” reconciliation between France and Rwanda, which welcomed the historians’ findings as an “important step”.

But for Macron, the endgame is bigger, a French presidential adviser said.

“Beyond Rwanda, we think this report will have an impact on our whole relationship with Africa,” said the adviser, who asked not to be named.

– Smashing French taboos –

As France’s youngest post-war president, born after the end of the colonial period in the 1960s, Macron has attempted to smash several taboos around his country’s past since winning power in 2017.

While campaigning for president, the 43-year-old declared that the colonization of Algeria was a “crime against humanity” — an admission that deeply upset conservatives in France, where the colonial rule was long portrayed as benign.

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