French court gives former Vatican ambassador eight-month suspended sentence for sexual harassment

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) greets Apostolic Nuncio to France Luigi Ventura (R) as he presents his 2018 New Year wishes to members of the diplomatic corps at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France.

A French court has found former Vatican ambassador to France Luigi Ventura guilty of sexual harassment against five men in 2018 and 2019 and given him an eight-month suspended sentence, AFP reported on its Twitter feed on Wednesday.

Prosecutors had opened an investigation after a junior official at Paris City Hall accused the papal nuncio, then 74, of molestation in January 2019, and city authorities filed a complaint. Other men later came forward with similar allegations.

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