The Ministry of foreign Affairs of France Thursday, February 7, announced that it will be withdrawing the French Ambassador from Italy “for consultations” amid a crisis in relations between Paris and Rome. The reason for this decision was “another provocation,” said the French diplomatic office.
This “difficult situation” is unique in the postwar history, said the official representative of the French diplomatic corps agnès von der Mühle, referring to the “recurring charges”, “unfounded attacks” and “offensive statements” of the Italian authorities.
“The last intervention (in our internal Affairs) represent an unacceptable provocation”, — said Mrs. von der Mühle, quoted by Reuters.
“All of these actions create a difficult situation that raises questions about the intentions of the Italian government,” — said the foreign Ministry of France.
Reuters recalls that on the eve of the French foreign Ministry expressed its protest after a meeting the Vice-Prime Minister of Italy Luigi di Maio with representatives of the French protest movement of the “yellow jackets.”
“Today, along with Alessandro di Battista (one of the leaders of the “five star Movement” — RFI) we made a throw to France and met the leader of the “yellow jackets” by Christoph Salasona and candidates for the European elections (…). The winds of change crossed the Alps,” — wrote to the Italian Deputy Prime Minister after the meeting, which was held in the French town of Montargis (Centre region Loire Valley).
Recall the relationship of official Paris and Rome have become increasingly tense after Italy came to power right-wing forces.
In 2018 has been cancelled traditional Franco-Italian summit. In November, the Italian side decided not to transfer to the French several works of Leonardo da Vinci, although it is expected that they will be included in an exhibition at the Louvre. Italy refused to open its ports for humanitarian ships, including “Aquarius”. The President of France Emmanuel macron criticized this decision and condemned the Italian colleagues for “cynicism and irresponsibility”. Salvini, in turn, accused Him that he runs the country, “contrary to the interests of the people.”