The leaders of France and Italy are meeting on Tuesday morning for what’s being described as a ‘calming of tempers’, a summit over immigration across their shared border.
Silvio Berlusconi is hosting Nicolas Sarkozy in Rome to seek a joint way of managing the flow of migrants coming from troubled North Africa.
Paris has said it wants to re-examine Europe’s 25-country open-borders Schengen agreement through which immigrants have been entering the south of France from Italy.
Last week it suspended the train service between the Cote d’Azur and Ventimiglia as many Tunisian immigrants, with freshly issued Italian permits, were using it to try to join family in France.
But Italy says it cannot cope alone with the huge numbers that have been arriving from Africa since the beginning of the so-called Arab Spring.
The row has divided public opinion and prompted demonstrations on both sides.