More than 200,000 children were sex abuse victims in Catholic Church in France

More than 210,000 children have been victims of abuse at the hands of clergy in the French Catholic Church over the past 70 years, a report has found.

Jean-March Sauve, head of the commission that led the investigation into child sexual abuse, said on Tuesday that the French Catholic church had showed complete and sometimes cruel indifference to the victims.

The report, which is the first major examination of the abuse perpetuated within the Church, included abuses committed by priests and other clerics as well as by non-religious people involved in the church. Mr Sauve, speaking at a press conference on Tuesday, said that about 80 per cent of the victims were male.

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