The French Secretary of State for European Affairs, Laurence Boone, had insisted on the precedents of Poland and Hungary.
Statements by a French minister stating that Paris will be “very helpfulon respect for the rule of law in Italy provoked the anger of the probable future prime minister Giorgia Meloni on Friday, who denounced a “unacceptable threat“.
In a daily interview the Republic published this Friday, European Affairs Minister Laurence Boone, when asked about how Paris will work with the next Italian government, replied: “We will be very attentive in respecting the values and norms of the rule of law“.
“The EU has already shown its vigilance towards other countries such as Hungary and Poland“, she adds. These statements, which echo concerns already expressed by French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, provoked the ire of Giorgia Meloni, whose post-fascist Fratelli d’Italia party won the legislative elections on September 25.
The future prime minister of the third largest economy in the euro zone, whose government should take office at the end of October, denounced on Facebook “an unacceptable threat of interference against a sovereign member state of the European Union“.
With these statements, the French ministerresponds to the mistake made by Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne“, she adds. On September 26, the day after Giorgia Meloni’s victory, Elisabeth Borne warned that France would be “vigilant” a “respect» human rights and women’s right to abortion.
“I trust that the French government will immediately deny these statements.Giorgia Meloni says. “The era of governments headed by the PD (Democratic Party, main left-wing party, editor’s note) seeking protection abroad is over, I think that is clear to everyone, both in Italy and abroad.“, he concludes.
Giorgia Meloni’s coalition has an absolute majority in both the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, and civil rights activists fear a significant rollback of civil rights, from abortion to same-sex marriage, with the rise to power of parties that defend thefamily and traditional values“.
“Yes to natural families, no to the LGBT lobby! Yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology! Yes to the culture of life, no to the abyss of death!“In particular, a driven Giorgia Meloni had proclaimed during a speech in June in Spain. Fears that a government headed by Giorgia Meloni could violate the fundamental principles of the EU are probably “exaggeratedHowever, Mabel Berezin, a sociologist at the American University of Cornell, had estimated for AFP before the elections.