France recalls ambassador to Italy over ‘baseless and repeated’ political attacks

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These attacks are unprecedented since the end of World War II.

The latest spat began after Italian Deputy PM Luigi Di Maio, the leader of Five Star Movement, met leaders of the anti-government French "yellow-vest" protest near Paris on Tuesday.

In a statement, the French foreign office said: "For several months, France has been the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements".

"To disagree is one thing, to exploit a relationship for electoral aims is another", it added.

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio met with supporters of France's yellow vest protest movement running as candidates for the European Parliament.

He added that Italy was a friend and ally of the French people and he was willing to meet the Paris government to resolve differences.

France and Italy are founding members of the European Union and their unusual dispute is worrying other European Union members.

And the Italian government last autumn accused France of dumping underage migrants over the border without authorisation.

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Di Maio and Salvini, who formed a populist coalition government together past year, have repeatedly criticised French President Emmanuel Macron, who has, in turn, targeted their "eurosceptic actions" before high-stakes European Parliament elections in May.

French President Emmanuel Macron blasted Rome for refusing to take in a migrant rescue ship carrying hundreds of people.

But in recent weeks the exchanges have grown sharper and more personal.

Salvini has said Macron was a "terrible" French president and urged French voters not to back his La République En Marche party in the European vote, while Di Maio last week accused France of impoverishing Africa and bringing on the migration crisis. He also said he hoped Macron's party would lose in May's European elections.

That came after Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini called Macron "a bad president" in January.

De Maio's fellow deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has also lambasted Macron directly.

Italian TV channel La 7 broadcast footage a week ago showing the two leaders talking at a bar, with Conte telling Merkel that Di Maio was attacking France because he was down in the polls ahead of the European elections and needed an enemy.

Italian business lobby Cofindustria and its French counterpart Medef wrote to their respective leaders calling for "constructive dialogue" to resolve the dispute, which they warned was no longer a mere bilateral issue within Europe but could threaten Europe's standing in the rest of the world. "They show a lack of respect between democratically and freely elected governments", France said.

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