Migrant row between Italy and France cools
French President Emmanuel Macron sought to resolve tensions with Italy on Thursday, saying he never meant to cause offence by criticising its rejection of a migrant ship in remarks that sparked anger in Rome. Mr Macron on Tuesday accused Rome of “cynicism and irresponsibility” for refusing to take in 629 migrants left stranded on a rescue ship that was eventually taken by Spain. Rome summoned the French ambassador and cancelled a meeting between the countries’ economy ministers, while threatening to call off talks between Mr Macron and Italian premier Giuseppe Conte in Paris on Friday unless France issued an official apology. The tensions appeared to have ebbed after a telephone call on Wednesday night between Mr Macron and Mr Conte.