By Charles Ndum in Rome
A senior member of the Italian Cabinet has once again ridiculed France’s Foreign Policy in Africa. The Deputy Prime Minister of Italy also known as the Vice-President of the Council of Ministers of the Italian Republic known in Italian as Vicepresidente del Consiglio dei ministri della Repubblica Italiana, has dared France again.
Luigi Di Maio has again trumpeted that the policies France pursues in Africa are creating poverty and causing migration.The Italian Deputy PM voiced out this opinion for the second time, Monday January 21, 2018 hours after France summoned its Ambassador to Paris.
“France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development and contributes to the fact that the refugees leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts,” Di Maio stated, referring to the F CFA, which is used in fourteen (14) countries in West and Central African tied to the Euro at a fixed exchange rate at France’s command.
For months now, France and Italy only enjoy strained relations in which Emmanuel Macron, French President has been consistently attacked. Italy says Macron has failed to shoulder responsibility for the migrant crisis and instead ordering asylum seekers to be pushed back to Italy after they’re rounded up in France.
“In order to keep the Africans in Africa, it would be enough for the French to stay home,” he said while imploring stakeholders of the European Union to sanction France. Even when France’s Foreign Ministry summoned Italian Ambassador to France, Teresa Castaldo, Luigi Di Maio still repeated himself, sounding it louder, implying that France is Africa’s biggest problem.