On February 25, Nicolas Sarkozy and Paul Kagame held a joint news conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda. Sarkozy basically said that France was responsible for the genocide that killed nearly a million Rwandans during the 90s. He said that France had made “serious errors of appreciation” that had “dramatic consequences.” On the other hand, he refused to offer a formal apology by saying that he was “not going to get into a contest over vocabulary.”
For his part, President Kagame seemed willing to turn the page.
“France and Rwanda have had a difficult past, but we are here for a new partnership and relationship,” Kagame said. “This visit by the French president has a strong meaning.”