From Vatican to Unesco - France switches 'gay' ambassador

2016-04-06 22:03
A picture shows the dome of the Saint Peter Basilica reflected in a puddle. (File, AFP)

A picture shows the dome of the Saint Peter Basilica reflected in a puddle. (File, AFP)

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Paris - France's government has named a respected diplomat who is said to be gay as the country's ambassador to Unesco, several months after he was nominated as ambassador to the Vatican - a job he never started.

Laurent Stefanini was confirmed on Wednesday by France's council of ministers as the country's top diplomat at the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

Last year, France submitted Stefanini's nomination as ambassador to the Holy See. A French official said last June that the French government was awaiting a response shortly via Vatican diplomatic channels, but France subsequently disclosed no decision either way.

Gay rights groups had accused the Vatican of delaying a decision because of Stefanini's sexual orientation. The Vatican refused to comment on the proposed appointment from the start.

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