"A Genocide of Little Importance": The Impact of the Terminology Used by Members of the French Government on the Representation of the 1994 Tutsi Genocide in Rwanda'

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Journal Article
Citation:
Essays in French Literature and Culture, 2016, 53 (November 2016), pp. 151 - 167
Issue Date:
2016-11
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In May 1994 France distinguished itself from other more reticent members of the international community by being the first country to explicitly identify the events occurring in Rwanda as a ‘genocide’. The present article elucidates the impact of the very particular ways in which key French government figures used the term ‘genocide’ to describe the Tutsi genocide in Rwanda both during and after the events of 1994.
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