The French government have recalled their Ambassador for Italy amid increasing friction between Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s anti-establishment government.
France’s Foreign Ministry claim that: “France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements.
Adding: “All of these actions are creating a serious situation which is raising questions about the Italian government’s intentions towards France.”
“Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” a French statement read.
Only yesterday, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with the anti-government Yellow Vest movement from France.
Oggi con @ale_dibattista abbiamo fatto un salto in Francia e abbiamo incontrato il leader dei gilet gialli Cristophe Chalençon e i candidati alle elezioni europee della lista RIC di Ingrid Levavasseur.
Il vento del cambiamento ha valicato le Alpi. pic.twitter.com/G8E0ypLalX
— Luigi Di Maio (@luigidimaio) February 5, 2019
A French Spokesman said: “Mr. Di Maio, who has governmental responsibilities, should ensure that he does not impair with its repeated interferences our bilateral relations, in the interest of both France and Italy.”
Matteo Salvini, Italy’s other Deputy PM, had previously said “Yellow Vests, don’t give up!”
Salvini has also described Macron as “terrible” and looked ahead to the European Elections in May: “The opportunity will come on May 26th when finally the French people will be able to take back control of its future, destiny, pride, which are poorly represented by a character like Macron.”