French migrant apology no good - Salvini

Minister says 'sickening' incident is 'international shame'

(ANSA) - Rome, October 16 - Deputy Premier and Interior Minister Matteo Salvini said Tuesday that Italy had not accepted Paris's apology after a French gendarmery police van was seen dropping off two men in woods on Friday near the border at Claviere. The men are suspected of being migrants of African origin. A French official said the incident was a "mistake" committed by two officers who were new to the area. "Abandoning immigrants in an Italian forest cannot be considered a mistake or an incident," Salvini said.
    "What happened in Claviere is an unprecedented offence against our country and I wonder whether the international organizations - starting with the UN and Europe - find it 'sickening' to leave people in an isolated area with no assistance.
    "We are faced with an international shame and Mr (Emmanuel) Macron cannot pretend nothing has happened.
    "We don't accept the apology".


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