Giorgia Meloni’s Visit to Élysée: Reconciling France And Italy?

Expected at the Élysée Palace this Tuesday, June 20 to address the Universal Exhibition of 2030, the head of the Italian government has so far maintained complicated relations with Emmanuel Macron, in particular on the immigration file.

Giorgia Meloni is expected at the Élysée this Tuesday, June 20 to meet Emmanuel Macron. The head of the Italian government travels to Paris to defend Rome’s candidacy for the organization of the Universal Exhibition of 2030. A visit scrutinized by all of Europe, because in recent months France and Italy have hung on a lot on the immigration file.

The discord between the two countries began with the reception of the Ocean Viking, this humanitarian ship of migrants turned back by Italy and forced to disembark in Toulon. This was followed by a spade from Gérald Damarnin, judging Georgia Meloni incapable of solving the migratory problems of her country. The president of the Italian council who was then very angry not to have been invited to the Élysée with Olaf Scholz and Volodymyr Zelensky.

Between slamming doors, canceled interviews, ambassadors trying to patch things up, the relationship between Meloni and Macron is quite degraded. However, the far-right Italian Prime Minister will finally cross the steps of the Élysée on Tuesday, a long-awaited sign of French recognition that she wishes to display in her country. The reconciliation between the two countries is crystallized by this Franco-Italian anti-aircraft defense system with Italian radars and French missiles, the Mamba, which the two countries have decided to offer to Ukraine.

This article is originally published on rtl.fr

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