French Pres taking soldier child abuse claims seriously

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French president Francois Hollande has vowed to show no mercy over allegations that French peacekeeping soldiers in the Central African Republic sexually abused starving and homeless children. CCTV’s Clementine Logan filed this report.

French Pres taking soldier child abuse claims seriously

French Pres taking soldier child abuse claims seriously

More than a dozen French peacekeepers in Africa are facing shocking allegations of child abuse. French President Francois Hollande says there will be "no mercy"... if they are found guilty. 16 are accused of sexually abusing hungry and homeless children in the central african republic. CCTV's Clementine Logan has more.

Highlights:

  • France is investigating accusations that its soldiers in the Central African Republic sexually abused children they were sent to protect.
  • An initial United Nations investigation a year ago was kept secret until a leaked report on Wednesday pushed officials to publicly acknowledge the allegations.
  • Around 16 French soldiers are accused of abusing 10 boys, between eight and 15 years old, at M’Poko International Airport in Bangui, between December 2013 and June 2014.

French peacekeeping troops accused of sexual abuse in CAR

It’s a scandal that’s putting a stain on international peacekeeping. Claims that French peacekeepers sexual abused children who were displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic. Also of a UN worker under fire for leaking the information. CCTV’s Liling Tan has more from UN headquarters in New York.

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French peacekeeping troops accused of sexual abuse in CAR

French peacekeeping troops accused of sexual abuse in CAR

It's a scandal that's putting a stain on international peacekeeping. Claims that French peacekeepers sexual abused children who were displaced by conflict in the Central African Republic. Also of a UN worker under fire for leaking the information. CCTV's Liling Tan has more from UN headquarters in New York.