France 'joins Rwandan people' in honouring genocide victims

France said Monday it joined with the Rwandan people in honouring the victims of the 1994 genocide, despite a diplomatic row with Kigali.

"France joins with the Rwandan people to honour the memories of all victims of the genocide," the French presidency said in a statement.

"The Rwandan genocide was one of the worst atrocities of our time. It was committed while the world watched and was unable to prevent it," the statement said.

"We have a duty to do everything possible to prevent this kind of tragedy from happening again," it said. "The prevention of genocide has become a central part of France's foreign policy."