Yellow-vest protests: France warns Italy Deputy PM Di Maio

The march arrives at Bastille Square in Paris

France has recalled its ambassador in Rome after what Paris described as baseless and repeated attacks from Italy's political leaders in past months, and urged Italy to return to a more friendly stance.

Di Maio had already denounced the French government for protecting the elite and the privileged, saying "a new Europe is being born of the "yellow vests", of movements, of direct democracy".

It said Italy's attacks were without precedent since World War II.

The statement follows Tuesday's meeting near Paris between Italian Deputy Premier Luigi Di Maio and a senior figure of the Yellow Vests movement in France.

France is recalling its ambassador to Italy amid mounting tensions relating to yellow vest protesters.

He also posted a picture of himself with "yellow-vest" leader Christophe Chalençon and Ingrid Levavasseur, who is heading a "yellow-vest" (gilets jaunes) list for elections to the European Parliament in May.

Tensions have flared between the two countries since the Five Star Movement and far-right League party came to power in a coalition in Italy last June. "Having disagreements is one thing, but using the relationship for electoral purposes is quite another".

And De Maio's fellow deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has lambasted President Emmanuel Macron directly by saying he is "close, with all my heart... to the French people, the millions of men and women who live in France under a awful government and bad president".

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The yellow vest protests, hostile to the French government but especially to Macron, have upended French domestic politics for almost three months, campaigning against what they see as rising social inequality and a government largely indifferent to the concerns of ordinary people. Di Maio accused France last month of fuelling poverty in Africa, suggesting it was a neo-colonial power.

French President Emmanuel Macron blasted Rome for refusing to take in a migrant rescue ship carrying hundreds of people.

"Mr Di Maio, who holds government responsibilities, must take care not to undermine, through his repeated interferences, our bilateral relations, in the interest of both France and Italy", he added.

Di Maio, who also leads the populist, anti-establishment 5-Star Movement formed a coalition government in Italy past year and took aim at pro-European Union Macron's En Marche (On the Move) party.

De Maio's fellow deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, has lambasted President Emmanuel Macron directly by saying he is "close, with all my heart.to the French people, the millions of men and women who live in France under a awful government and bad president".

September 2018: Italy's defence minister says France is partly responsible for the crisis in Libya, after it joined the 2011 military intervention there.

Arguments between the two countries started last summer, when the French President warned that populism had started to spread "like leprosy".

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