Offbeat France and Italy sign in Rome a treatise of cooperation with large pomp

14:20  26 november  2021
14:20  26 november  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  France et Italie signent à Rome un traité de coopération en grande pompe © Pool / AFP

L A France and the Italy signed Friday with great pomp in Rome a bilateral cooperation treaty strengthened to consolidate a Proven relationship in recent years with a diplomatic blossom and in a transition context in Europe with the departure of Angela Merkel .

The Treaty was initialed shortly after 09:00 (08:00 GMT) at the Presidential Palace of the Quirinal by the French President Emmanuel Macron and the Chief of the Government of Mario Draghi, in the presence of the Italian President Sergio Mattartella.

The three men exchanged up long braces while the patrol of France and its Italian equivalent, the tricolor arrows, overlooked the capital, leaving in the sky a plume of smoke in the colors of the two countries.

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This "treated for enhanced bilateral cooperation", said Treaty of Quirinal, is rare in Europe: it is only the second treaty signed by France after that of the Elysee, signed in 1963, with Germany, completed By that of Aachen in 2019.

It was announced in 2017 but had been frozen after the 2018 training of a populist government led by the 5-star movement with the League (far right) of Matteo Salvini.

The crisis culminated early 2019 when the Vice-President of the Italian Council, Luigi di Maio, had met a leader in France in France. Shortly before, Matteo Salvini, Minister of the Interior, had called for the resignation of the French President.

To protest, Paris had temporarily recalled his ambassador to Italy, Christian Masset, the most serious diplomatic crisis between the two neighbors since 1945.

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Concretely, the Treaty provides for the axes of enhanced cooperation in the field of diplomacy and defense, in the transitions digital and environmental, culture and education, economic and industrial cooperation, and space.

This Treaty, whose exact content has not yet been made public, must establish a common civil service for young people.

According to diplomats, it also provides for the reciprocal invitation of ministers to the Councils of the Ministers of the two countries, on the model of the Treaty of Aachen.

France and Italy are the 2nd and 3rd economies of the euro area behind Germany. Together, they represent nearly one-third of the citizens of the EU and its GDP.

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