In an extraordinary public EU feud, Italy’s Matteo Salvini and his coalition partner have thrown their support behind France’s Yellow Vest movement, while Salvini also accused President Emmanuel Macron of being against his people.
Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of Italy Luigi Di Maio, said that politics, in both France and Italy, “has become deaf to the needs of citizens who have been kept out of the most important decisions affecting the people.”
The Yellow Vest movement began in mid-November 2018 as a protest against a proposed hike in fuel costs.
It has since grown to encompass wider discontent among French people over living standards and Macron’s policies. At its peak, more than 280,000 people gathered to protest on the Champs-Elysees on November 17.
Macron and Salvini have a well-documented rivalry and history of public name-calling. Most recently, in December, Salvini mocked the French president as a “lab rat elected to keep the elitist political system in place.”
The pair have often locked heads over immigration policy during the Mediterranean migrant crisis. Salvini called Macron an “international embarrassment” last October after policemen were spotted dropping migrants off in an Italian forest on the countries shared border.
RT. com / AB Flash Point Political News 2019.