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.
"France has been, for several months, the target of repeated, baseless attacks and outrageous statements," France`s foreign ministry said in a statement.
It said Italy`s attacks were without precedent since World War Two. "Having disagreements is one thing, but manipulating the relationship for electoral aims is another."
Italy`s two deputy prime ministers, Matteo Salvini of the right-wing League and Luigi Di Maio of the populist, anti-establishment 5-Star movement, have goaded French President Emmanuel Macron on a host of inflammatory issues.
"All of these actions are creating a serious situation which is raising questions about the Italian government`s intentions towards France."