Paris stands by ambassador nominee as Vatican silence prompts gay speculation

April 10, 2015 5:05 PM

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PARIS, April 10 (Reuters) - France is standing by its nominee to be ambassador to the Holy See, an official said on Friday, despite the Vatican's failure to confirm his posting for more than three months, a delay that French and Italian media said was due to his sexuality.

Francois Hollande's government nominated the president's head of protocol, Laurent Stefanini, for the post on Jan. 5 but has still not heard back from the Vatican.

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