Piles of clothes belonging to some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church cover the pews as a memorial to the thousands who were killed during the 1994 genocide in and around the Catholic church in Nyamata, Rwanda, Apri
Piles of clothes belonging to some of those who were slaughtered as they sought refuge inside the church cover the pews as a memorial to the thousands who were killed during the 1994 genocide in and around the Catholic church in Nyamata, Rwanda, Apri

PARIS - French President Emmanuel Macron has ordered a government study into the country's role in Rwanda before and during its 1994 genocide.

French President Emmanuel Macron meets French repr
French President Emmanuel Macron meets French representatives of the Ibuka association for the memory of Rwanda's genocide, two days ahead of the 25th anniversary of the 1994 genocide, at the Elysee presidential Palace in Paris on April 5, 2019.

Macron met Friday with victims of the genocide, and a Rwandan group working to teach future generations about it. 

Rwanda is this weekend marking the 25th anniversary of the start of the ethnic slaughter of some 800,000 people, mainly ethnic Tutsis.

Macron ordered a commission of researchers and historians to scour archives ”to analyze the role and involvement of France” in Rwanda from 1990-1994. It is to produce conclusions within two years.

Critics say France was too supportive of Rwanda's Hutu-led government whose supporters carried out the genocide, and that France turned a blind eye for too long. 

France denies complicity, but has launched several investigations in recent years.