Vatican envoy to France 🇫🇷 under investigation 🔎for sexual assault

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he Vatican's envoy to France, Archbishop Luigi Ventura, is under investigation for sexual assault, a French judicial source told CNN Friday.The Paris prosecutor's office opened an investigation on January 24, the source said. Ventura, 74, has been based in Paris since 2009, serving as a diplomat for Pope Francis.

The archbishop is alleged to have inappropriately touched a junior male official working at the Paris city hall, Paris deputy mayor Patrick Klugman told. He added that following the alleged sexual assault, the city hall filed a complaint with the Paris prosecutor.

The Vatican said in a statement that the Holy See was aware of the investigation and that it "awaits the results." While the Vatican's embassy in Paris said it would not comment on the investigation.

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