French President Emmanuel Macron.Image Credit: Reuters

French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday appointed a panel of experts to probe France’s actions in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, 25 years ago, a subject that has dogged Franco-Rwandan relations since the 1994, media reports indicate.

The commission of eight researchers and historians “will be tasked with consulting all France’s archives relating to the genocide… in order to analyse the role and engagement of France during that period,” the presidency said in a statement.

The findings will be used in material used to teach people in France about the genocide, it added.

Rwanda has accused France of being complicit in the genocide of an estimated million  people through its support for the Hutu-led government of the day.

It also accuses the French forces who were stationed in Rwanda under a UN mandate of having helped some of the perpetrators to escape, with some seeking sanctuary in France.

Paris has consistently denied complicity in the bloodletting, which has cast a long shadow over Franco-Rwandan relations, leading Rwanda at one point to break off ties for three years.

Relations have improved in the past decade.

But Macron caused disappointment among genocide survivors by turning down an invitation to attend this weekend’s genocide commemorations in Rwanda.