Nicolas Sarkozy admits French errors over Rwanda genocide

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy acknowledged on Thursday that France made mistakes during the 1994 Rwanda genocide, but stopped short of apologising during his landmark visit to the country Thursday.

Marking the first visit to Rwanda by a French president since the 1994 massacres, Mr Sarkozy spoke at a joint press conference with Rwandan President Paul Kagame, who has repeatedly accused Paris of aiding the genocide.

The French president, who did not occupy a key post at the time, admitted that his country had "grossly misjudged" the situation that led up to the killing of at least 800,000 people, mainly from Kagame's Tutsi minority.

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