After earlier doubt, Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte has maintained his lunch meeting in Paris on Friday with French President Emmanuel Macron, as the two leaders appeared to calm a high-profile diplomatic row over sharp criticism from Paris over Rome's decision to refuse sanctuary to migrants saved at sea by an NGO.
Italian economy minister Giovanni Tria cancelled planned talks in Paris on Wednesday with his French counterpart while in Rome France's ambassador was summoned to a meeting with the foreign ministry amid the row sparked by President Emmanuel Macron's sharp criticism of Italy's decision to refuse entry to migrants aboard an NGO sea rescue ship.
Italy has accused France of 'hypocrisy' after French President Emmanuel Macron blasted Rome for 'cynicism and irresponsibility' in disallowing a humanitrian organisation's ship from disembarking at an Italian port the more than 600 migrants it has rescued at sea.
Italian prosecutors have opened an investigation into incident when French customs officers turned up at Italian town to confront a migrant.
French customs say they followed regulations and were ready to clarify any legal and operational procedures to avoid future incidents.
Deal, which aims to create a world leader in naval industry, ends dispute after France had unexpectedly blocked a takeover by an Italian firm.
A report published this week by UN bodies UNICEF and the International Organization for Migration highlights the shocking treatment meted out to child migrants along their journeys to Europe. The most at risk are those from sub-Saharan countries travelling north to the Mediterranean through Libya, where they are exposed to sexual exploitation and forced labour, and who are especially targeted, the study finds, because of racism. Carine Fouteau reports.
Economy minister says Paris will take control of STX France shipyard and find another buyer unless Italy agreed to split ownership of the asset.
Migrant rights groups are taking legal action after discovering that migrants are being secretly detained overnight in prefabricated huts in the French town of Menton on the border with Italy. The groups say the the French authorities' treatment of the refugees, many of whom are from Sudan and Eritrea and who include some children, is illegal. Carine Fouteau reports.
Court in Nice gave a a 3,000-euro suspended sentence on Cédric Herrou for meeting migrants on Italian soil to bring them to France.
Michel Sapin said Italy's banking sector should be allowed support of state aid to recover from dumping of shares amid concerns of bad loans.
Giovanni Tagliamento has lived for the past eleven years on the French Riviera, where he is considered by the Italian justice authorities to represent the Neapolitan Mafia the Camorra in their French operations. Last month he was arrested by French police on suspicion of the illegal trafficking of spirits, and placed in preventive custody. Hélène Constanty reports on a man nicknamed the 'Little Spider’.
Survey shows that in a French referendum on EU membership a narrow majority of just 52 per cent would vote to stay in.
Official figures also show that Spain has taken over as the world's top wine exporter - with France being its biggest customer.