Italy and France have taken their war of words to a new level. Italian Deputy Prime Minister, Matteo Salvini has labeled French President, Emmanuel Macron a “Bad President” for hindering the growth and future prospects of the French people.
Salvini issued his statement on a
video posted on his Facebook page on January 22:
“I hope that the French will be able
to free themselves from a very bad president, and the opportunity is that on
May 26 [the European elections] when finally the French people will be able to
take back their future and their destiny, their pride, from evil represented by
a character like [Emmanuel] Macron.”
Salvini, a native of Milan, likewise
endorsed nationalist advocate and former Presidential candidate Marine Le Pen
who lost to Macron in the 2016 elections:
“It is not Matteo Salvini who will interfere
in the French democracy, it will be the French. I hope they will choose someone
more representative, serious, concrete, I think of Marine Le Pen.”
Ms. Le Pen and Salvini share the same
political agenda and would be strong allies in the European front.
Italy’s Minister of Economic
Development, Labor and Social Policy and head of the 5-star Movement (M5S)
Luigi Di Maio, was even more direct.
Di Malo encouraged the protesting
Yellow Vests, a collective of French people fed up with Macron’s policies to
“Macron’s government is not up to
expectations and some policies implemented are actually dangerous, not only for
the French, but also for Europe. A new Europe is being born. That of Yellow
Vests, that of movements, that of direct democracy. It’s a tough battle we can
The French government called Italy’s
de facto leader’s remarks “unacceptable” and called for Salvini to respect
“These unfounded statements should be
read in the context of domestic Italian politics. They are unacceptable,”
France’s foreign ministry spokeswoman Agnes von der Muhll said.
She added that in order to maintain
good relations between France and Italy, certain standards should be adhered
The embattled Macron
started out with the promise of being the new face of globalism but has since
faltered due to his bumbling approach to the issue of immigration.
As it turns out Macron’s fiery
rhetoric is just that: empty statements full of questions and without answers.