The Paris prosecutor's office has received documents linked to a military investigation of alleged sexual abuse by French soldiers against children in Central African Republic.

Prosecutor's office spokeswoman Agnes Thibault-Lecuivre said Wednesday that the documents were received a day earlier. Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian ordered the documents declassified, paving the way for the handover.

Thibault-Lecuivre said the documents won't be made public during the judicial investigation of the case.

French troops arrived in Central African Republic in late 2013 to help stabilize the country amid sectarian violence. The ministry has said children told U.N. officials of the alleged abuse between December 2013 and June 2014.

France says it was informed of the allegations last July. They only came to light publicly in an April report by Britain's Guardian newspaper.