France has recalled its ambassador from Rome after a meeting between Italy’s deputy prime minister, Di Maio, and leaders of the French Yellow Vest protester movement who have been calling for French President Emmanuel Macron’s resignation.
“The latest interference is an additional and unacceptable provocation,” according to a statement issued by the Foreign Ministry on Thursday. It added that this “violates the respect that democratically and freely elected governments owe each other.”
“All these acts create a serious situation that questions the intentions of the Italian government” towards France.
Di Maio’s co-deputy PM Matteo Salvini said this week that French people “will be able to free themselves from a terrible president” in May after European parliamentary elections take place.
#France Cuts Diplomatic Ties With #Italy
#France decided to recall its ambassador from #Rome
#Italy was the only #EU state to denounce @EmmanuelMacron’s handling of the #YellowVest crisis
Angered, #Paris told #Italy to “learn to sweep its own doorstep”
France has recalled its ambassador from Italy after Italy’s Deputy PM met Yellow Jacket leaders, and the “unprecedented attacks” on France. No longer a rhetorical stupidity contest. Infrastructure, EU foreign policy, Italian economy, and EP votes all at stake.
France has recalled its ambassador from Italy after Italy's DPM met Yellow Jacket leaders, and the "unprecedented attacks" on France. No longer a rhetorical stupidity contest. Infrastructure, EU foreign policy, Italian economy, and EP votes all at stake.
— Patrick Wintour (@patrickwintour) February 7, 2019
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O la la, this is escalating: France recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught ‘since the war’
O la la, this is escalating: France recalls Italy ambassador after worst verbal onslaught 'since the war' t.co/qgTP9Q5GPp
— Justyna Gotkowska (@jgotkowska) February 7, 2019