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Former French Soldier Challenges France’s Intervention in Rwanda


Former French Soldier Challenges France’s Intervention in Rwanda

The book “Rwanda, the end of silence: a former officer tells” by French ex-officer, Guillaume Ancel is highly anticipated on this Friday in France, .

A former lieutenant-colonel, Guillaume Ancel engaged in Operation Turquoise in 1994 in Rwanda, continues to denounce this operation which has always been presented as strictly humanitarian by the French authorities since he left the army in 2005.

In this book, the first months of the operation, are described as very offensive.

Guillaume Ancel, specialist in the guidance of fighter planes, received his first operational orders on 22 June 1994, more than two months after the beginning of the genocide. He was then on the military base of Valbonne in France.

The objective, he says, was to achieve “a raid on Kigali to reinstate the government” Hutu, fleeing and supported by Paris. So far from the humanitarian mission that will be put forward.

Four days later, the French units are deployed in the region of Goma and Bukavu, in the east of former Zaire.

On July 1, 1994, the order to march on the enemy is given. The ex-officer of the French army says that the objective is to prevent the RPF from crossing the Nyungwe forest so that Tutsi soldiers do not take control of southwestern Rwanda.

Everything is ready, but at the last moment, an officer stops the operation. And announces that they have reached an agreement with the RPF and that the French army will “protect” an area that Tutsis “do not occupy yet”. “It will be a humanitarian zone”.

Guillaume Ancel writes that this was the first time soldiers have heard the word “humanitarian”.

According to him, it is France that would have stopped its extremes in this operation.

Alerted when fighter planes set off, the presidency “would have become aware of the consequences” of such a commitment, the former officer emphasizes.

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