Tony Abbott denies gay snub of French ambassador

Prime Minister Tony Abbott
Prime Minister Tony Abbott

PRIME Minister Tony Abbott says he was "very happy" to be met by the ambassador to France and his partner last month, despite a report suggesting the incident led to the ambassador offering his resignation.

Fairfax reports a "bizarre incident" occurred when Mr Abbott arrived in Paris on Anzac Day.

It said ambassador Stephen Brady was on the tarmac with his long-term partner, Peter Stephens, when the Prime Minister's travelling party sent an instruction that Mr Stephens should remain in the car.

The arrival was not a public event.

The ambassador reportedly refused and following the incident, offered his resignation to the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

His resignation was not accepted.

The Prime Minister's office did not deny the incident took place, but said in a statement: "The Prime Minister was very happy to be met by ambassador Brady and his partner when he arrived in Paris last month."

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten called on Mr Abbott to explain the incident.

"Australians deserve an explanation from Tony Abbott and if it's true, Ambassador Brady and his partner deserve an apology," he told Fairfax Media.

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