France summoned the Italian Ambassador after the Italian Deputy Prime Minister accused the French of exploiting Africa and promoting migration.
On Sunday, Luigi di Maio called on the European Union to impose sanctions on France for its policies in Africa. 1
Italy and France had previously encountered problems of migration. Italy is the destination of thousands seeking a new life in Europe.
Last year, France criticized Italy for not allowing a berth for lifeboats carrying migrants in the Mediterranean. Italian officials responded by accusing France itself of not accepting migrants.
Mr. Di Maio, leader of the Five Star Movement (M5S), who ruled in coalition with the far-right party of the League, recently spoke at a visit to Italy headquarters over the weekend.
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It came when the United Nations said that about 170 migrants drowned in two separate shipwrecks in the Mediterranean.
The EU should sanction France and all countries that are impoverishing Africa, such as France, and allow these people to leave because Africans should be in Africa and not at the bottom of the Mediterranean, "he said. If people go today, it's because of European countries. France in particular has never stopped colonizing dozens of African countries. "
He said that if Africa were not there, France would be ranked 15th in the world economy, not the first six.
The Italian Ambassador to France Teresa Cas Taldo was summoned to the State Department on Monday in Paris.  French diplomatic sources cited by the Italian news agency Ansa described Mr. Di Maio's remarks as "hostile and for reasons of partnership between France and Italy in the European Union."
But Mr. Di Maio, who is also Minister of Labor and Economics, was uninteresting on Monday.
He accused France of manipulating the economies of African countries using the CFA franc, a colonial-era currency supported by the French Treasury.
"France is one of the countries that is preventing its economic development by printing money for 14 African states and helping refugees to die and then die in the sea or arrive at our shores," he said.  "If Europe wants to be courageous, it must have the courage to face decolonization in Africa."
France says the CFA franc is a guarantee of financial stability, but others have attacked it as a colonial relic.  According to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), 4216 migrants arrived in Europe by sea in the first 16 days of 2019 – more than twice as many as in the same period last year.
Italy's other Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini wrote on Facebook after the recent deaths in the Mediterranean that "as long as European ports remain open … the smugglers will unfortunately continue to do business and kill."