Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Accuses France Of Fueling Poverty In Africa.

Italy's Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday restated that French policies in Africa were creating poverty and causing migration. This happened hours after France summoned the Italian ambassador to Paris to protest his assertions.

“France is one of those countries that by printing money for 14 African states prevents their economic development and contributes to the fact that the refugees leave and then die in the sea or arrive on our coasts,” Di Maio told reporters.

Di Maio made referrence to the CFA franc — a currency used in 14 west and central African nations, which is tied to the euro at a fixed exchange rate, with the peg guaranteed by France.

Di Maio, is the leader of anti-establishment 5-Star Movement. He said the European Union should “address the question of the decolonisation of Africa”, accusing France of still treating a number of African countries as vassal states.
Luigi Di Maio serves as Deputy Prime Minister of Italy and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies. He assumed office in June 2018. He previously served as Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies in the XVII Italian legislature.

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