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French soldiers suspended in Burkina child sex claims

It doesn't seem possible to find on AFP's website, but several news outlets cite the official French news agency as having suspended two soldiers over allegations of sexually assaulting children in Burkina Faso.

Also hidden, the story from 29 April that the director of field operations for the U.N. High Comissioner of Refugees, was suspended for allegedly leaking a confidential U.N. report on abuses by French troops in the Central African Republic in 2014. A U.N. appeal tribunal in May said the suspension was "prima facie unlawful". Kompass apparently told his boss he leaked the report to the French for them to mount an investigation but the U.N. disputes this.

BBC news reported AFP as saying one of the alleged victims in Burkina Faso was a five-year-old girl whose father found a camera containing images of his daughter being sexually abused.

The CAR report alleged abuse by 16 French peacekeepers.


BBC News 1 July 2015: French soldiers suspended over Burkina child sex claims

BBC News 11 June 2015: UN peacekeepers 'barter goods for sex'

The Guardian 6 May 2015: Tribunal rules suspension unlawful