| 28 November 2023, Tuesday |

Italy calls for clearer apology from France over migration ‘insult’

Antonio Tajani, Italy’s foreign minister, stated on Sunday that his country is still not pleased with the Parisian government’s apology after a French minister accused Rome of handling the migrant influx improperly.

The conservative Forza Italia party member Tajani stated in an interview with Italian state-run television RAI that “clearer words are needed.”

“I hope that the French government changes its position and that an apology comes that represents a contrast to the positions adopted by the Interior Minister. I will be happy to accept them.”

French Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin said last week that Italy’s right-wing Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni had been “unable to solve the migration problems on which she was elected”. Darmanin added that Meloni was “lying” to voters that she could end the migrant crisis.

Tajani called off a visit to Paris at the last minute on Thursday in a sign of protest over what he considered an “insult” to Italy.

French government spokesman Olivier Veran sought to defuse tensions on Friday, telling CNews he was sure there had been no desire on the part of the Darmanin to ostracise Italy.

  • Reuters