Prosecutors in France call for Central Africa child abuse case to be dismissed

A Reuters report states France intervened in its former colony three years ago to ease tensions between Christian militias and Muslim Seleka rebels.

FILE: This file photo shows French soldiers patrol through the streets of Bangui, the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic on 6 December 2013. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - French prosecutors have reportedly asked for an investigation into alleged child sex abuse by French soldiers in the Central African Republic to be dropped.

A Reuters report states France intervened in its former colony three years ago, to ease tensions between Christian militias and Muslim Seleka rebels.

It withdrew most of its 2,000 troops last year.

A United Nations report raised the issue of alleged abuse by French soldiers between December 2013 and June 2014.

A Paris prosecutor decided to probe the matter following consultation with the author of the report.

Investigating judges will now rule on whether to take the case to trial, a source said late on Tuesday. Despite questioning six soldiers, nobody has been placed under formal investigation, which suggests the case is unlikely to move to trial.

Additional reporting by Reuters.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)