Hollande vows ‘no mercy’ over claims French soldiers abused Central Africa children

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Hollande vows ‘no mercy’ over claims French soldiers abused Central Africa childrent

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Latest update : 2015-04-30

French President François Hollande on Thursday vowed to “show no mercy” if French peacekeepers in Central African Republic were found guilty of raping hungry children in exchange for food.

According to a French judicial source, several children – the youngest just nine – allege that up to 14 French soldiers dispatched to the impoverished nation to restore order after a 2013 coup may have been involved in sexually abusing some of them in exchange for food.

Of those soldiers, “very few” have actually been identified, and those that have are yet to be questioned, the source, who wished to remain anonymous, told AFP.

The defence ministry has denied attempting to cover up a potentially devastating scandal following revelations it had been made aware of the allegations…

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