Officially the Rwandan decision is a result of joining the English-speaking East African Community.
But relations between Rwanda and France have been frosty following the 1994 genocide, when France was accused of supporting Hutu militias.
Rwanda has applied to join the Commonwealth, the loose association of ex-British colonies and territories.
France has consistently denied any responsibility for the genocide, in which some 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus were slaughtered in 100 days. BBC News, 10 October 2008. Read the whole article…