Vatican envoy speaks to Paris police on sex assault charges, say sources

French President Emannuel Macron (left) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. — AFP pic
French President Emannuel Macron (left) shakes hands with Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura during his New Year wishes to the diplomatic corps January 4, 2018, at the Elysee Palace in Paris. — AFP pic

PARIS, April 18 — The Vatican’s envoy to Paris has been heard by French police “at his request” over sex assault allegations, judicial sources said today.

Nuncio Luigi Ventura spoke to police at the start of April, they said. Ventura is being investigated for allegedly molesting officials at the Paris mayor’s office.

The 74-year-old is accused of allegedly assaulting a man at the town hall in Paris on Jan 17 when Mayor Anne Hidalgo gave a New Year’s address to diplomats, religious leaders and civil society figures.

A similar complaint has been filed by a former Paris city employee for an incident that allegedly took place a year ago, according to city hall officials.

His immunity has not been lifted, according to the prosecutor’s office in Paris.

The Italian-born Ventura is also being investigated for alleged sexual assault in Canada where he served as the Vatican envoy from 2001 to 2009. — AFP

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