France, April 6 -- France's relationship with Rwanda is gradually improving as French authorities acknowledge the country's responsibility in the 1994 Rwandan genocide, which began 30 years ago this week. An estimated 800,000 people, mostly ethnic Tutsis, died in the violence perpetrated by Hutus - a faction that France had a history of supporting.

After years of controversy over France's role in the bloodshed, a commission of historians appointed by Macron in 2021 returned adamning indictment.

Vincent Duclert, who led the commission,said France had been "blind" to preparations for the genocide and bore "serious and overwhelming" responsibility - findings the French government accepted.

The commission found no proof that France was dir...