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Italy's PM Conte says blocking rail-link with France would cost more than completing it

Italy's PM Conte says blocking rail-link with France would cost more than completing it
FILE PHOTO: Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte is pictured before a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Rome, Italy July 4, 2019. REUTERS/Yara Nardi/File Photo -
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ROME (Reuters) – Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday that blocking works on a rail link with France would cost Italy more than completing the infrastructure, taking a position on an issue that has divided the government coalition for months.

In a video message posted on Facebook, Conte said the decision to block the project, which is partly funded by European Union money, would need to be taken by the Italian parliament.

(Reporting by Francesco Guarascio; editing by David Evans)

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