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France Recalls Ambassador to Italy, Sinking Ties to Postwar Low

  • Response follows Di Maio’s meeting with Yellow Vest leader
  • Macron canceling trip to Munich to focus on problems at home
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France Accuses Italy of 'Meddling' After Yellow Vest Meeting
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France recalled its ambassador to Italy, citing “meddling” in its domestic affairs, in a surprise move that drags relations between two founding members of the European Union to a more than seven-decade low.

The response comes after months of verbal attacks where Italian populist politicians, eager to make gains in European parliamentary elections, have been baiting the French because it plays well with voters -- or so the polls shows -- and distracts attention away from the recession.