French President Emmanuel Macron said he recognised his country’s role in the Rwandan genocide and hoped for forgiveness at a memorial in Kigali on Thursday, seeking to reset relations after years of Rwandan accusations that France was complicit in the 1994 atrocities. Reuters reports that Rwandan President Paul Kagame welcomed Macron’s speech, saying Macron was confronting racism and underscored Rwanda’s willingness to reset relations with France, saying “this visit is about the future not the past … I want to believe today that this rapprochement is irreversible”.