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French President Francois Hollande (L), Mexico's President Enrique Pena Nieto (C) and Mexico's First Lady Angelica Rivera at the Bastille Day parade 14 July 2015
14/07/2015 - FRANCE

Charlie attacks, Africa interventions set grim mood for France's Bastille Day celebrations

The trauma of this year's Charlie Hebdo attacks and France's military presence in Africa overshadow the Bastille Day national holiday.
CAR President Catherine Samba-Panza reviews troops earlier this year
12/07/2015 - Central African Republic - FRANCE

Fabius visits Central African Republic as miltiary child abuse inquiry continues

French Foreign Affairs Minister Laurent Fabius was to visit the Central African Republic (CAR) Monday before travelling to Ethiopia for A UN conference on development finance.
The people of the town of Bouar, in the extreme west of the Central African Republic, welcome the French military, December 2013.
07/07/2015 - France - Central African Republic

French officials in Central Africa question children allegedly abused by military

French investigators were on their way Tuesday to the Central African Republic to question children who say they were sexually abused by peacekeepers, a judicial source has told French news agency ...
Burkina Faso's President Michel Kafando meets French President François Hollande in Paris in June
02/07/2015 - BURKINA FASO - FRANCE

French soldiers accused of child sex abuse in Burkina Faso detained in France

Two French special forces soldiers accused of sexually abusing children in Burkina Faso have been taken into custody on arriving back in France on Thursday.
A soldier in France's Sangaris operation in the Central African Republic
07/05/2015 - Central African Republic - FRANCE

Central Africa to open case in French soldiers' sex abuse allegations

The Central African Republic (CAR) is to take legal action against French soldiers accused of exchanging paedophile sex for food during the French military operation in the country.


French press review 4 May 2015

The humanitarian disaster in the Mediterranean continues as thousands more take to the seas from Libya.
French Minister of Defence Jean-Yves Le Drian says he felt "betrayal" over the allegations that French soldiers have sexually abused refugee children
03/05/2015 - France - Central African Republic

Soldiers who abused Central African children must ‘give themselves up’, says defence minister

French defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian felt "disgust" and "betrayal" over allegations that French soldiers in the Central African Republic had sexually assaulted children in ...

French press review 2 May 2015

The French press is putting pressure on the military to come clean on child abuse allegations facing its Sangaris forces in the Central African Republic.

French press review 1 May 2015

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy has been caught in the Bygmalion booby trap and the internet takes centre stage in search for Nepal earthquake survivors.
French troops arrive in Bouar western CAR in December 2013
30/04/2015 - France - Central African Republic

French military investigating Central Africa child sex abuse allegations

The French military has been conducting an inquiry into charges of child sex abuse by troops in the Central African Republic since last July, it emerged after a UN report on the allegations was ...