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Geopolitics of Africa’s Great Lakes and the Fachoda-syndrome: the role of the French state in the Ruanda genocide and the destabilisation of the region

Vol. 3, No. 2, December 2007
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Etienne Rusamira (Observatoire de l’Afrique centrale/Montréal)

This article provides an overview of the way in which France maintains its influence in the region of the African Great Lakes until today. In particular it highlights French politics in the framework of the Ruanda genocide and in the Democratic Republic of the Congo especially during its military interventions in 1977/1978 and in the context of different forms of military cooperation. The article comes to the conclusion that the role of France, characterizing itself as the advocate of Human Rights in the region, is rather that of a pyromaniac fire worker.