Macron meets with Italy's far-right new PM


After initially displaying reticence at meeting with Italy's new far-right prime minister during his offical visit to Italy, French President Emmanuel Macron finally held informal talks in Rome on Sunday with Giorgia Meloni, while also posting on Twitter his thanks to outgoing Italian premier Mario Draghi.

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French President Emmanuel Macron promised Sunday to work with Giorgia Meloni with "dialogue and ambition", after his first meeting with Italy's new prime minister in Rome, reports FRANCE 24

Shortly before he tweeted the comment, Macron thanked outgoing premier Mario Draghi in a post featuring a photo of the former European Central Bank chief and the words: "Grazie [thank you] Mario."

Four weeks after Meloni's post-fascist Brothers of Italy party won general elections, Meloni assumed office in a handover ceremony with outgoing premier Mario Draghi, before gathering her cabinet. "We must be united, there are emergencies the country is facing. We have to work together," the 45-year-old told her ministers during their first meeting, lasting half an hour.

The new government is the most far-right in Italy since World War II, and takes power at a time of soaring inflation and an energy crisis linked to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.

See more of this report, with video, from FRANCE 24.

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