Recalled French ambassador set to return to Rome

16 February, 2019 12:00 AM printer

PARIS: The French ambassador to Italy, who was recalled last week during a spat between the two countries, is to return to Rome on Friday, France’s European affairs minister said, reports AFP.

“He will return today to Rome,” Nathalie Loiseau told RTL radio on Friday, one week after the envoy was recalled.

Relations plunged to their lowest level since the end of World War II last week when France recalled its ambassador to protest “unfounded attacks and outlandish claims” by Italy’s new populist government leaders, Luigi Di Maio and Matteo Salvini.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that when Di Maio met “yellow vest” anti-government protesters outside Paris a “line was crossed.”

The deputy prime minister, who is also minister of economic development, “met someone who has called for armed insurrection and for the intervention of the army”, Le Drian told Italy’s Corriere della Sera daily in an interview published Thursday.