Africa: Impose Sanctions on France and Other Countries that Impoverish Africa – Di Maio to the EU

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Africa: Impose sanctions on France and Other Countries that Impoverish Africa - Di Maio to the EU

He said France had “never stopped colonising tens of African states”.

Luigi di Maio called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in Africa.

He said France had “never stopped colonising tens of African states”.

Ever since Italy’s Five Star and League parties came to power in June 2018 relations have been tense.

Much of the tension has been about migration. The two countries have argued over France sending back migrants across Italy’s northern border.

When France criticised Italy for not allowing rescue boats carrying migrants in the Mediterranean to dock, Italy responded by accusing France itself of refusing to accept migrants.

Mr Di Maio made his latest comments during a visit to central Italy at the weekend.

It came as the UN said about 170 migrants were feared drowned in two separate Mediterranean shipwrecks.

“The EU should impose sanctions on France and all countries like France that impoverish Africa and make these people leave, because Africans should be in Africa, not at the bottom of the Mediterranean,” he said.

“If people are leaving today it’s because European countries, France above all, have never stopped colonising dozens of African countries.”

He said if it wasn’t for Africa, France would rank 15th among world economies, not in the top six.

The Italian ambassador to France, Teresa Castaldo, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Paris on Monday.

French diplomatic sources quoted by Italian news agency Ansa called Mr Di Maio’s remarks “hostile and without cause given the partnership between France and Italy in the European Union”.

As Published by BBC

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