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Romanian diplomat fired over rude embassy email

French President Francois Hollande (l) greets Romanian President Klaus Iohannis (r) as he arrives at Elysee Palace, in Paris, 10 February 2015 Image copyright European Photopress Agency
Image caption Romanian President Klaus Iohannis, right, met President Francois Hollande during his visit to France

The Romanian Foreign Ministry says a diplomat has been fired after its embassy in Paris emailed invitations to a reception containing rude remarks about the guests.

The embassy sent out the invitations last week to an event with President Klaus Iohannis in Paris.

But it inadvertently attached a spreadsheet that described some guests as "undesirable" and one as "ghastly".

Romania's ambassador to France, Bogdan Mazuru said it was "unfortunate".

According to news channel Digi 24 Mr Mazuru said that he was willing to give explanations to parliament if necessary.

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Image caption The Romanian ambassador to France, Bogdan Mazuru, said the email was "a blunder"

He added: "I don't consider myself guilty, I can be responsible though. There are two different things. When something is happening in your courtyard, then you are responsible."

The foreign ministry said the incident was "profoundly regrettable" and following an investigation decided to recall and fire the diplomat at the centre of the gaffe.

The director of the Romanian Cultural Institute in Paris, Yvette Fulicea, was also recalled to Bucharest, according to local news reports.

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