Six French soldiers are said to be involved. But when France24 published the story from AFP, it used a photo of a Rwandan policeman.
On Twitter, the reaction this morning has been of shock and dismay. A hashtag #SomeOneTellFrance24 is doing the rounds.
— Mãnzi (@ubumanzi) March 22, 2017
— PETER Mahirwe (@pmahirwe) March 22, 2017
— Noel Kambanda (@NoelKambanda) March 22, 2017
— Caroline Kere (@carolinekere) March 22, 2017
Since the sex abuse scandal erupted, France24 and RFI radio have used photos of Rwanda security forces in their stories on several occasions.
Rwanda and France remain in a cold as the establishment in Paris is accused on involvement in the 1994 genocide. French commandos raped Tutsi girls and women, supplied weapons for the militias and opened safe corridor for the government, its army and militias – leaving a completely devastated country.
Both France24 and RFI are funded directly by the French government.
UPDATED 14h (Rwandan Time)
Several hours later, France24 deleted the tweet in question and also removed the photo of Rwandan police officer from the news story on its site. A new campaign has been launched demanding more: an apology.