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Italy's Salvini urges French voters not to back 'bad president' Macron

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini
Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini Copyright Reuters
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By Amy Chung
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Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini called France's Emmanuel Macron a "bad president" and urged the French people not to support his party in the upcoming European parliament elections.

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Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini on Wednesday called on French people not to support President Emmanuel Macron’s party in European parliament elections later this year.

On his Facebook, Salvini wrote: "France has a bad government and a bad president of the Republic. Macron talks about reception but he rejects immigrants at the border. French people deserve better and they will be able to give a good signal to the Europeans on 26 May."

On Sunday, Salvini's fellow deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, accused France of creating poverty in Africa and generating mass migration to Europe. These comments resulted in Italy's ambassador being summoned. 

“In Libya, France has no interest in stabilizing the situation, probably because it has oil interests that are opposed to those of Italy,” Salvini told Canale 5 TV station.

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