PARIS (CNN) —Diplomacy can sometimes be more about what is left unsaid than said — and the current diplomatic row between France and the Vatican is a classic example.
Paris is insistent that its next ambassador to the Holy See be Laurent Stefanini, the current chief of protocol at the French Presidential Palace.
On paper, he is an ideal candidate. A polished diplomat who previously served at the United Nations and in a lower capacity at the French Embassy at the Vatican, Stefanini has reportedly even received the backing of Cardinal André Vingt-Trois, the cardinal primate of France. READ MORE OF THIS STORY