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France calls back Italy ambassador

FRANCE is recalling its ambassador to Italy amid yellow vest protest tensions.

Italy’s deputy prime minister Luigi Di Maio met on Tuesday with leaders of the French yellow vest movement seeking to run in the European elections.

He said he hoped voters would send France’s President Emmanuel Macron (pictured) a message by backing nationalist Marine Le Pen.

The French foreign ministry slammed the intervention, saying: ‘To have disagreements is one thing, to exploit the relationship for electoral purposes is another.’