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Rwandans to Charge French Military in Genocide


Relatives of victims in Rwanda's genocide say they plan to file a lawsuit accusing French soldiers of complicity in the 1994 massacre.

A lawyer for the group says the suit will be filed in coming days, charging French troops with encouraging Hutu extremists.

He says the suit will also accuse French troops of giving supplies and arms to extremists in the killing of 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus.

Meantime, a board of inquiry composed of French rights groups and lawyers has issued a 600-page report on the genocide, saying that French troops were complicit in the slaughter.

In 1994, a force of about 2,500 French troops, acting under a United Nations mandate, set up a humanitarian buffer zone in southwest Rwanda in an effort to end the killing.

Some information for this story provided by AP and AFP.

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