At least 800,000 people died when ethnic Hutu extremists massacred minority Tutsis and moderate Hutus. Assassination of a president – – The massacres occurred after the assassination of the then Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana on April 6, 1994 in a plane crash. Mr Habyarimana – a Hutu backed by France – was on his way back to Rwanda when his plane was shot down. Photo: AFP Habyarimana was killed when his plane was shot down. Tutsi rebels, led by current president, Paul Kagame were accused of carrying out the attack…Read More
– – Jihadists in Mali have freed a French aid worker, Sophie Pétronin who has been held hostage since 2016. Sophie Pétronin’s family have confirmed her release, and said the 75 year old aid worker – was on her way to the capital, Bamako. Ms Pétronin was abducted by al-Qaeda- linked gunmen in the northern city of Gao where she had been running a charity on December 24, 2016. The veteran opposition and former presidential candidate Soumaïla Cissé, 70, who was also abducted by the militants has also been released, according…Read More
France has returned to Senegal a historical sword taken from the country many years ago. The sabre, is a type of backsword with a curved blade. It belonged to an Islamic ruler in Senegal. Owned by a 19th Century Islamic scholar and ruler the sword had been in a French museum until now. France said the return of the artifact was part of a commitment to return to its former West African colonies significant items of their cultural heritage. A ceremony took place in Senegal’s capital Dakar where the French…Read More
For decades Francophone nations in West Africa have had the management of their currency done in France. Their financial reserves have always been planned and controlled from France despite gaining independence many years ago. A model where these eight former colonies of France had their foreign-exchange accumulation kept at the French Treasury could soon change. Benin’s President Patrice Talon has revealed that the eight-member nations of the West African Monetary Union “unanimously agree” to end the practice. He said in an interview with Radio France Internationale that “I can’t give…Read More
A Ghanaian company tasked to harvest wood stuck under Ghana’s Volta Lake has revealed that the wood could help rebuild the burnt Notre-Dame Cathedral in France. Massive tropical trees were submerged beneath the Lake since 1965 at the time of the construction of Ghana’s Akosombo Dam. Preserved from decay by the lake’s bog-like conditions, the wood is considered strong enough to rebuild the iconic Cathedral. Kete Krachi Timber Recovery is reported by the BBC to have submitted a proposal to the French government. It argues that using wood from Lake…Read More
The story of Bernadette Adams, the wife of former French footballer, Jean-Pierre Adams has resonated with many around the world. Bernadette’s love for her husband who is still in coma for over three decades now continues to excite and marvel many. Her husband’s life was brutally turned upside down in 1982 when then 34 years he walked into a Lyon hospital for some routine surgery. Jean-Pierre Adams had gone to the hospital to correct a troublesome knee but he left not able to talk, walk or move any of his…Read More
The monarch of Morocco, King Mohammed VI has reportedly suffered a viral lung infection. His doctors have now asked him to take a long rest to recover. The illness forced him to miss a remembrance ceremony in Paris for France’s late president Jacques Chirac. An official statement from the palace said on Sunday the 56-year-old monarch, was unable to the commemoration event for Chirac, who died last week aged 86. Last year King Mohammed VI underwent heart surgery. He has been in power since 1999 when he took over from…Read More
Jacques Chirac, the former French president whose later years were blighted by corruption scandals, has died aged 86. “President Jacques Chirac died this morning surrounded by his family, peacefully,” his son-in-law told the French news agency AFP. Mr Chirac served two terms as French president and took his country into the single European currency. The French National Assembly observed a minute’s silence in his memory. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission and former Luxembourg premier, said he was “moved and devastated” to learn the news. “Europe is not…Read More
By: Dr. David Himbara Managing Directors of IMF are supposed to be dull and boring economists obsessed with balancing countries’ books. Not Christine Lagarde. A former finance minister in France, she is a clever political operator. She proved this in her visit to Rwanda, the high mark of which was her speech in Rwandan parliament on January 27, 2015. Her strategy was simple – first flatter the Rwandan rulers and then hit them hard with gospel truth. Take this early praise in her speech: “Today Rwanda can take pride in…Read More
The first French trial of a Rwandan accused of involvement in the genocide of 1994 opened in Paris on Tuesday. The Rwandan justice minister called it a “positive sign”, while the plaintiffs hailed it as a “historic” event.
He appeared in the court room in his wheelchair.
54-year-old Pascal Simbikangwa (pictured, above), a paraplegic since 1986, is charged with complicity in genocide and crimes against humanity in Rwanda. He stands accused of inciting and organising the massacres, which resulted in 800,000 deaths in just 100 days, from April to July 1994.Read More