UN human rights chief alleges French soldier sexually abused girl in Central African Republic

The U.N.'s human rights chief says United Nations staff have turned up a case of alleged sexual abuse of a girl by a French soldier in Central African Republic.

The announcement by U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein follows other allegations of child sexual abuse by French soldiers in the African country that are currently under investigation in France.

Zeid announced Thursday during a trip to Central African Republic that the girl was in her teens at the time of the abuse about a year ago, and gave birth to a child in April. She and the soldier were not identified in a statement released by Zeid's office.

France deployed troops to Central African Republic in late 2013 to help stem sectarian violence.