Italy’s Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has called France’s government “aggressive” and “incomprehensible” after it criticised Italy for refusing to let a migrant vessel dock.
Italy recently accepted three NGO boats rescuing migrants crossing from Libya after blocking them for some time.
It also declared France had agreed to welcome another ship: the Ocean Viking.
That announcement drew cheers from Italy’s Deputy PM Matteo Salvini, who rejoiced that “the air has changed”.
Also Hungary’s far-right leader Viktor Orban thanked Ms Meloni for “protecting Europe’s borders”.
French Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin said France would exceptionally let the Ocean Viking dock – with the ship arriving in Toulon.
In a press conference, Ms Meloni said she was struck by France’s “aggressive reaction” which she also described as unjustified.