People rescued in Italian waters spark row between Italy and France

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French government calls Rome’s refusal to let boat carrying 234 asylum seekers dock ‘unacceptable’.

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The fate of hundreds of people rescued in the central Mediterranean by a charity vessel has sparked a diplomatic row between Italy and France, with the French government calling it “unacceptable” that Rome has refused to allow the ship, carrying 234 asylum seekers, to dock in an Italian port, reports The Guardian.