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Migrant crisis between France and Italy

Migrant crisis between France and Italy

France’s foreign ministry on Monday summoned Italy’s ambassador after Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio accused Paris of creating poverty in Africa and fueling mass migration to Europe.
22.01.2019 - 16:12

Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday reiterated that France’s policies in Africa were creating poverty and causing migration, hours after France summoned the Italian ambassador to Paris to protest his assertions.

"FRANCE HAD NEVER STOPPED COLONISING AFRICAN STATES"

“France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development and contributes to the fact that the refugees leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts,” Di Maio told reporters. He was referring to the CFA franc — a currency used in 14 west and central African nations, which is tied to the euro at a fixed exchange rate, with the peg guaranteed by France.

He said the European Union should “address the question of the decolonization of Africa”, accusing France of still treating a number of African countries as vassal states.

After Di Maio’s statements, France’s foreign ministry on Monday summoned Italy’s ambassador.

“It’s not the first time the Italian authorities have made unacceptable and aggressive comments,” a French diplomatic source said.