Yellow-vest protests: France warns Italy Deputy PM Di Maio

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Guillaume

"Today with Alessandro Di Battista [fellow M5S politician], we made a trip to France and we met the leader of the Yellow Vests Cristophe Chalençon and the candidates in the European elections..."

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

The ministry also argued the attacks launched by the politicians in Rome are without precedent since World War 2.

In France, as in Italy, politics has become deaf to the needs of citizens who have been kept out of the most important decisions affecting the people.

France has warned Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio not to interfere in the country's politics, after he met French "yellow-vest" protesters.

June 2018: Italy's new populist government takes power.

But tensions had been mounting steadily over immigration and France's role in the 2011 military intervention in Libya.

'Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another.

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Media captionFrance fuel protests: Who are the people in the yellow vests?

In a statement on Wednesday (6 February), a French foreign ministry spokesman described the meeting with the yellow vests, as a provocation that "is unacceptable between neighbouring countries and partners at the heart of the EU".

"Mr Di Maio, who holds government responsibilities, must take care not to undermine, through his repeated interferences, our bilateral relations, in the interest of both France and Italy".

"The winds of change have crossed the Alps".

Di Maio had already drawn Paris's ire after he accused France of fuelling the migrant influx to Europe by continuing to "colonise" Africa.

In recent weeks Mr Di Maio and Matteo Salvini, his fellow deputy prime minister, have criticised President Macron of France and supported his political opponents.

The "yellow vest" protests against fuel taxes began in rural and small-town France in late November, before ballooning into a wider revolt against Macron's policies and governing style.

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