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France opens Mitterrand archives on Rwanda genocide

French justice has authorized an investigator to consult the files of the late President François Mitterrand who opens new readings on France’s role in the genocide.

The decision ends five years of proceedings and is “good news,” said researcher François Graner, author of several books on France’s role in Rwanda.

The Council of State, the highest legal and administrative body in France, claimed that François Graner has “a legitimate interest in consulting the archives with the aim of enriching his historical investigations and clarifying the debate on a matter of public interest”, quotes Jeune Afrique magazine.

These archives comprise, inter alia, notes written by the advisers of the then president and reports of government meetings that were protected by a protocol that only foresaw its opening to the public within 60 years, after its signature, that is, in 2055.

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