France nuncio probed for 'sex attack' - Le Monde

Awaiting result of probe says Vatican

(ANSA) - Paris, February 15 - The Vatican nuncio to France Msgr Luigi Ventura has been placed under investigation by Paris prosecutors on suspicion of "sexual attacks" on a young functionary on the Paris council, Le Monde reported Friday.
    The "aggressions" are said to have taken place during a reception at the Hotel de Ville on January 17, the French daily said.
    Ventura is alleged to have tried to molest the clerk at a ceremony hosted by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Le Monde said.
    Originally from Lombardy, Ventura is 74 and has been the Vatican's envoy to Paris since 2009.
    Interim director the of the Vatican press office Alessandro Gisotti told journalists: "The Holy See has learned from the press that an investigation has been launched by French authorities into Msgr Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio in Paris.
    "The Holy See is awaiting the result of the investigations".
   

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