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Migratory Crisis : Italy accuses France of impoverishing Africa and calls for EU sanctions

Vice President of the Italian Council, Luigi Di Maio, has called for sanctions against all countries that favor immigration. Accusing France of "impoverishing Africa" ​​and aggravating the migration crisis.
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01/22/2019 - 12:09
Mike Biya
Rédacteur cameroun-online
Luigi Di Maio, vice president of the Italian Council

the weather is not good between Italian leaders from the extreme right and the French government. After the support of some Italian leaders in the protest movement of the "Gilets Jaunes", anti-Macron, new hostile statements about the migrant crisis, have fueled the diplomatic tensions between the two countries.

Migration crisis, settlements and sanctions

"The EU should punish France and all the countries that, like France, impoverish Africa and send these people [migrants], because the place of Africans is in Africa, not at the bottom of the Mediterranean," launched the vice president of the Italian Council, Luigi Di Maio, Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Continuing, the political leader of the 5 Stars Movement has estimated that the incessant migratory flows towards the European continent, are due to the fact that "some European countries, France in the lead, never stopped colonizing dozens of African countries" .

Very critical of the French neighbor, the Italian Minister of Economic Development also argues that the country of Emmanuel Macron still operates its former African colonies. "If France did not have the African colonies, because that's the way to call them, it would be the 15th largest economy in the world, when it is among the first thanks to what it is doing. to do in Africa, "said Luigi Di Maio.

The Italian ambassador convened at the Quai d'Orsay

Polemical remarks not at all the taste of the French authorities. In response, the Italian ambassador to France, Teresa Castaldo, was convened Monday at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Monday, January 21 to explain the remarks deemed "unacceptable and irrelevant", the Vice President of Italian Council.

A new episode that should further complicate the diplomatic tensions between France and Italy, since the coming to power of the extreme right embodied by Luigi Di Maio, and Matteo Salvini, Minister of the Interior, very openly hostile to Emmanuel Macron and his Government.

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