The French Government has decided to refrain from sending an ambassador to the Vatican after the Holy City refused to accept the openly gay diplomat that was originally selected for the role.
Laurent Stefanini was announced as the preferred French candidate for the role back in April 2015, however Stefanini has since been rejected by The Vatican despite being a practicing Catholic and having previously served as France’s number two diplomat in Vatican City from 2001 to 2005.
The French Government’s choice of ambassador has been supported by the Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal André Vingt-Trois who sent a letter of support for Stefanini’s appointment for the role to Pope Francis.
Despite the legitimate reasons for the appointment and the letter of support from the Archbishop of Paris, The Vatican has simply refused to comment or acknowledge the French Government’s nomination of Stefanini for the role.
As a result, the French government has since given up on obtaining a response from the Vatican and will not attempt to send a new ambassador until after the next French presidential elections which are scheduled for 2017.
Last Updated on Oct 12, 2015