France investigates alleged child abuse by its troops in Central Africa

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Posted: May 07, 2015 8:45 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris prosecutors said on Thursday a judicial investigation targeting unnamed people had been opened into alleged child sex abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic.

The prosecutors' office said in a statement it had decided to open the investigation after written consultation with the author of a United Nations report which first raised the allegations.

A preliminary investigation was opened last July based on the U.N report detailing the alleged abuse between December 2013 and June 2014 at a center for displaced people at M’Poko airport in the capital Bangui.

(Reporting by Chine Labbe; writing by Leigh Thomas; Editing by Andrew Callus)