Mi­grant row be­tween Italy and France cools

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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.

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