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Vatican Waives Immunity For France Envoy Accused Of Sexual Assault
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Vatican Waives Immunity For France Envoy Accused Of Sexual Assault

(CNN)The Vatican has waived immunity for its envoy to France, who is under investigation for sexual assault, according to the Bishops' Conference of France.

Vatican tightens laws on sexual abuse of minors The interim director of the Vatican press office, Alessandro Gisotti, said the decision demonstrated Ventura's commitment to cooperating with the investigation. "This is an extraordinary gesture that confirms the will of the Nuncio (ambassador), expressed from the beginning of this situation, to collaborate fully with the French judicial authorities," Gisotti said. Ventura has been based in Paris since 2009, serving as a diplomat for Pope Francis, Agence France-Presse reported.

CNN's Saskya Vandoorne contributed reporting.