Given the obvious antipathy that exists between the two, it is perhaps unsurprising that Matteo Salvini has had something to say about the protests rocking France demanding Emmanuel Macron’s resignation.
Speaking to over 80,000 people at a Lega rally he said: “You tell me how it is possible to guarantee what is written in the institutional Treaties. Full employment, sustainable growth, solidarity between states and citizens. Look at the images coming from Paris. Remember those that came from Greece. Look at the economic crisis that even the super powerful Germany is starting to experience. Think of the yellow vests who are guaranteeing public order in this square and are protesting in Paris. I want to say violence is not and will never be justified anywhere but who sows poverty collects protests.”
Donald Trump has also spoken out over the protests:
Very sad day & night in Paris. Maybe it’s time to end the ridiculous and extremely expensive Paris Agreement and return money back to the people in the form of lower taxes? The U.S. was way ahead of the curve on that and the only major country where emissions went down last year!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) 8 December 2018
Today, more than 400 people have already been arrested as thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Paris breaking police barriers holding banners demanding France leave the EU and demanding Macron’s resignation.