Keyword: Cléry-Saint-André

French diocese faces two paedophile priest scandals

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Under investigation: Father Olivier de Scitivaux, right. © DR Under investigation: Father Olivier de Scitivaux, right. © DR

A senior priest in the diocese of Orléans south of Paris has just been placed under formal investigation over claims that he sexually abused a 15-year-old. This follows ongoing allegations against another priest in the same diocese. One victims group thinks the two scandals could be linked and prosecutors fear that many more instances of abuse may be involved and that dozens of young boys could have been victims. Meanwhile senior church figures have been accused of a cover-up or at least turning a blind eye. Mediapart's legal affairs correspondent Michel Deléan reports.