France-Italy, evidence of thaw after tension over migrants: Mattarella’s gesture


An “authentic friendship” that “must be nurtured in the common interest of the two countries and, jointly, of the EU”. Sergio Mattarella celebrates the first year since the signing of the Treaty of the Quirinale between Emmanuel Macron and the then Prime Minister Mario Draghi, with a twitter reminiscent of that of his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, published on Twitter in the morning. “On this day – writes the French president – ​​I send a message of deep friendship to the Italian people”. A ‘double’ that, in terms of tone, seems to follow the ‘almost’ joint statement of last November 14 when, to put an end to the friction between Rome and Paris over migrants, the Quirinale and Eliseo announced the comforting phone call between the two heads of state, who shared “the need to create conditions for full collaboration in all sectors, both bilaterally and within the European Union”.

And this time too Mattarella and Macron move practically in unison and never before has it been so conducive to renewing harmony and understanding. With regard to migrants, in fact, nerves between Italy and France remain tense. Friday’s meeting in Brussels between the European interior ministers did not produce solutions – as widely announced – but it hardened the positions of all those involved in the field, above all Matteo Piantedosi and Gérald Darmanin, the latter having left the meeting launching a warning: “Until Rome respects maritime law” Paris “will not accept asylum seekers disembarked in Italy”. And in the wake of a ‘distancing’ on migrants between Italy and France, we note the approach of Paris to Berlin in the face of the energy crisis, with much political declaration of ‘mutual aid’ between the two countries.

And in this context, therefore, it is appropriate to dust off the symbolic photograph of November 25 last year, when Mattarella acted as a ‘connector’, shaking hands with Macron and then Prime Minister Mario Draghi. The two presidents come back almost to deny insurmountable distances and insoluble tears. The umpteenth act of détente with Mattarella that once again underlines the role of ‘guarantee’, also of understanding, which today must not be lost.

Source: IL Tempo


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