Rwanda warns of showdown with France

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Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame has warned of a showdown with France following an announcement by French investigators that they would reopen a probe into the assassination of ex-leader Juvenal Habyarimana.

The shooting down of Mr Habyarimana’s French-crewed plane in 1994 helped trigger the genocide in which hundreds of thousands were killed, mainly ethnic Tutsis.

The investigation has been revived in order to hear evidence from a dissident general, Faustin Kayumba Nyamwasa, who says Mr Kagame is responsible.

Mr Kagame strongly denies involvement in the shooting down of the plane.

In 2006, Rwanda cut ties with France for three years after a judge called for Mr Kagame to stand trial.

Rwandan President Paul Kagame addresses the commemoration of the 20th anniversary of his country's genocide at Amahoro Stadium April 7, 2014 in Kigali, Rwanda.
Mr Kagame was a rebel leader when the plane was shot down

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