After almost half a year of institutional struggle, France has allegedly given up its attempt to appoint a gay ambassador.
Laurent Stefanini (54), will not hold the position at the Villa Bonaparte, according to the French newspaper Libération: it seems that, after several months of delay, the Holy See has refused Stefanini by not publishing an acceptation.
Laurent Stefanini, apart from being a diplomat with a long career who’s currently the chief of protocol of the Elysée, was the number two of the French embassy at the Vatican for five years, from 2001 and 2005. He has experience with figures such as the Pope himself, given that he was the one who received him in his last visit to France. Moreover, he is a devoted Christian catholic. He is not even known for advocating for LGBTQAI+ rights.
L’Elysée will not present another nomination to the Vatican until 2017, when the contract of the actual ambassador, François-Xavier Tillete, is going to end.