France’s top constitutional authority says presidential archives on Rwanda should remain secret, thwarting a genocide researcher.
In 1994 France backed Rwanda’s ethnic Hutu leaders at the time of the genocide by Hutu militias. Some 800,000 people – mostly Tutsis – were killed.
The Constitutional Council says a 25-year block on ex-president François Mitterrand’s documents is legitimate.
A researcher, François Graner, had sought permission to study them.
He argued that the rule keeping many government documents under wraps violated the public right of access to official archives – a right dating back to the 1789 French Revolution.
He said he is prepared to take the case to the European Court of Human Rights.