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France Recalls Ambassador to Italy After Minister Meets ‘Yellow Vest’ Protesters

“For several months France has been the subject of repeated accusations, unfounded attacks and outrageous declarations,” the French Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday. “This is unprecedented since the end of the war.”

The ministry described the Italian remarks as a calculated bid by Italy’s populists to win votes in coming elections for the European Parliament. “To have disagreements is one thing, to exploit the relationship for electoral purposes is another,” it said.

Without mentioning the Yellow Vests meeting explicitly, the ministry said, “the latest interference is an additional and unacceptable provocation.”

The ministry said France was recalling its ambassador “for consultations.”

Source: NYT > World

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