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Child sex abuse: French authorities offer full cooperation to Central African Republic

  • France's President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes Central African interim President Catherine Samba-Panza as they pose for photographers prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    France's President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes Central African interim President Catherine Samba-Panza as they pose for photographers prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)  (The Associated Press)

  • France's President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes Central African interim President Catherine Samba-Panza prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    France's President Francois Hollande, left, welcomes Central African interim President Catherine Samba-Panza prior to their meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)  (The Associated Press)

  • Central African interim president Catherine Samba-Panza leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after her meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Wednesday, May 27, 2015.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)

    Central African interim president Catherine Samba-Panza leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after her meeting with French President Francois Hollande, Wednesday, May 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu)  (The Associated Press)

The French president's office says judicial authorities in France and Central African Republic are cooperating to investigate allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers.

Following a meeting Wednesday in Paris between French President Francois Hollande and Central African Republic President Catherine Samba-Panza, a French official said they are aiming at "shedding full light on this affair." The official wasn't authorized to speak publicly on this matter and spoke on condition of anonymity.

French prosecutors are investigating accusations that soldiers deployed in the African country in 2013-14 to quell sectarian violence had sexually abused children.

A document recently obtained by The Associated Press shows that top U.N. human rights officials knew about the allegations for months but didn't follow up, even as France pressed the U.N. for more information.