Press play to listen to this article By FLORIAN EDERwith ZOYA SHEFTALOVICH PRESENTED BY GOOGLE Send tips here | Tweet @florianeder | Listen to Playbook and view in your browser RAS-LE-BOL: I couldn’t find a single diplomat in town who remembered an escalation between two big and founding members of the European Union like the one happening between Paris and Rome now. France recalled its ambassador in Rome for consultations, with the foreign ministry saying in a strongly worded statement: “France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements” by Italy’s ruling parties. Such attacks are ‘unprecedented’ since World War II, the ministry said. (Coincidentally, that’s when the last French ambassador was recalled from Italy). “Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another,” the ministry added. The bold reaction came in response to numerous provocations by both Italian governing parties, which culminated in a recent meeting in Paris of Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio with folks in yellow jackets who want to bring down the French government. Catch up with Jacopo Barigazzi’s guide to five fights between France and Italy. Friend or foe? Silvia Sciorilli Borrelli reports on this weekend’s regional election in the… Read full this story
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