Macron Salvini exchange intimidates to boil over. Succeeding months of seething anxiety between Rome and Paris, the fight for the soul of Europe just became more hideous. France echoed its ambassador to Rome for the initial time since 1940 when fascist leader Benito Mussolini announced war. This time the French foreign ministry condemned a war of words, the incessant assertions, unfounded assaults, and grotesque claims of Italy’s populist government.
The jibes between Italy’s populist politician Matteo Salvini and the French President Emmanuel Macron have been systematic and personal. Last month Italy’s far-right Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister said he wished the French people would soon administer to relieve themselves of a terrible President. Macron has equated growing nationalism to leprosy announcing that if the populist nationalists consider him as their enemy, they are right.
However, the ice was broken when a convention between Italy’s other deputy PM Luigi Di Maio and France’s own populists, the yellow vests took place. The convention that occurred on the borders of Paris led Di Maio to announce that the winds of change had now crossed the Alps.
Ensuing France’s resolution to summon its ambassador Di Maio attempted to rationalize the meeting. He wrote that he wanted to connect with officials of the yellow vests and citizen’s initiative referendum group as he did not believe that the future of European politics stays in the parties of the right or the left.