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Rwanda to drop French for English

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Rwanda is to replace French with English as its official language. President Bizimungu said the reason for the change was due to France’s involvement in the 1994 genocide, the weekly ‘The EastAfrican’ reported today. “If you followed the recent report of investigations from the French Parliament, it is clearly indicated that France has been involved in the genocide in Rwanda and in the events which proceeded the massacres, because they wanted to ‘defend their own language’,” Bizimungu was quoted as saying.


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