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Believers attend a mass in the Cathedral of Lucon, western France, on March 14 organized after the unveiling ceremony of a plaque in tribute to childhood victims of sexual abuse by priests. Photo: Loic Venance/AFP via Getty Images

The head of an independent commission investigating child sexual abuse in the French Catholic Church said Sunday there have been between 2,900 and 3,200 pedophile priests or other members of the church since 1950, Le Monde reports.

What to watch: The revelation comes days before the commission releases its full 2,500-page report on Tuesday.

  • Earlier this year, commission head Jean-Marc Sauvé estimated there could be "at least 10,000" victims of child sexual abuse stemming from the French Catholic Church, per Politico.

The big picture: Sauvé said the 2,900-3,200 range is a "minimum estimate," according to Le Monde. There have been some 115,000 priests and religious officials in that time, Sauvé told Le Journal du Dimanche.

Background: The commission was set up in 2018 to conduct an independent inquiry following multiple sex abuse scandals.

  • The report will also examine the cultural and institutional mechanisms that allowed pedophilia to take place. It will offer 45 proposals, Le Monde reports.

What they're saying: The publication of the full report will "change everything," Katherine Dalle, head of communications for the Bishops' Conference of France, told CNN.

  • "This report will show the collective responsibility of the church," Olivier Savignac, who runs an organization for victims, told CNN. "We will finally have figures on the scale of the abuse, collected scientifically. We have been waiting for this for years."

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Inside Biden's full-court press with France

Secretary of State Antony Blinken (second from right) meets with French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian (third from left) in Paris on Tuesday. Photo: Patrick Semansky/Pool/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden knows his administration messed up with French President Emmanuel Macron and is scrambling to make amends, three sources familiar with the internal deliberations told Axios.

Why it matters: The White House's secret deal with Australia last month left the French feeling betrayed and blindsided, and furious about the loss of a $60 billion submarine contract. Secretary of State Tony Blinken visited Macron on Tuesday; national security adviser Jake Sullivan is on his way to Paris too.

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Nor'easter slams East Coast with flooding rain and powerful winds

A residential area in Middlesex County as floodwater from the nor'easter covers streets in New Jersey on Tuesday. Photo: Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

A monster storm was slamming the Northeast with record rainfall and powerful winds over Tuesday night — causing flash flooding that resulted in people having to be rescued in New Jersey and New York roads to close.

Threat level: All of southern New England westward to New York City and northern New Jersey was under the threat of flash flooding and coastal flooding from the nor'easter through Tuesday night into early Wednesday, per the National Weather Service.

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Blinken speaks with Sudan prime minister after his release

Sudan's Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok. Photo: Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images

Secretary of State Tony Blinken spoke on the phone on Tuesday evening with Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok after the military released him from custody.

Why it matters: Hamdok’s release was a result of pressure on Sudan’s military leader General Abdul Fattah al-Burhan from the U.S. and other countries but also from the different political parties in Sudan and massive protests in the streets.

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