François Léotard refuse d'aller porter secours aux Tutsi de Bisesero

Mercredi 29 juin 1994, François Léotard, Ministre de la Défense, visite le dispositif Turquoise.

François Léotard, Ministre de la Défense, accueilli le 29 juin 1994 par le général Lafourcade sur l'aéroport de Goma
Photographe : Thierry Orban/CORBIS SYGMA

À Gishyita, à 5 kilomètres de Bisesero, François Léotard refuse au Capitaine de frégate Marin Gilier des COS d'aller porter secours aux Tutsi.

The French military unit based in Gishyita, four miles of Bisesero, was aware that people in the mountains were being killed every night, Comdr. Marin Gillier said on Wednesday. But the French Defense Minister, François Léotard, after a briefing here from Commander Gillier, rejected any operation to evacuate or protect the embattled Tutsi.

Mr. Léotard said the French did not have enough troops to protect every one. There were 300 French troops in Rwanda today; another 1,200 were at bases across the border in Zaire

Raymond Bonner, Grisly Discovery in Rwanda Leads French to Widen Role, New York Times, July 1, 1994, p. A1.

Malheureusement pour les Tutsi, pour la France et pour lui, François Léotard n'a pas lu Le Figaro de ce matin là :