Paris is “too sensitive,” it is overreacting to the comments by Italy’s deputy prime minister, Luigi Di Maio, who slammed France’s policy on Africa, Paolo Grimoldi, a secretary for the right-wing Lega party in the northern Italian region of Lombardy says.

“The French are far too sensitive. If we compare the statement made by Macron and his government before and Di Maio’s statement, we clearly will see that the French are overreacting. We should have sent the French ambassador to Italy back to France after the French statements but we didn’t!” Grimoldi said.

 The French Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned Italy’s ambassador regarding remarks by Di Maio, who accused France of impoverishing Africa and thus fueling mass migration to Europe.

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