Operation Turquoise Opération Turquoise

On 23 June 1994, under a mandate, military troops enter Rwanda ahead of the arrival of 2,500 soldiers under the banner of Operation Turquoise. For three weeks, these officers and soldiers will witness the unspeakable and be obliged to follow the orders of their so-called humanitarian mission. The mission is all the more ambiguous given that their government has hitherto been supporting the perpetrators of the genocide between 1990 and 1994. A war reporter and a photographer follow the operation, attempting to pick through the often-contradictory official line in which the military forces find themselves caught up. The troops are disgusted to see that the press is unable to swing public opinion on the issue. Is the truckers’ strike that is paralyzing the country back home really more important than the slaughter of 800,000 Tutsis? How can one accept that this genocide was used to cynically manipulate public opinion? How can the Hutu militia continue to murder Tutsis under the protection of a pro-genocide local leader?

23 juin 1994, les Forces Spéciales Françaises pénètrent au Rwanda. Quelle va être la réaction de ces militaires pendant cette mission “humanitaire”, sachant que le gouvernement français soutenait jusque-là les auteurs de ce génocide ? Un reporter et une photographe vont suivre cette mission. Dans le même temps le conflit des routiers paralyse la France…

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