France's Emmanuel Macron blasts Italy for 'cynicism' over migrant ship

French President Emmanuel Marcon slammed Rome's "cynicism and irresponsibility" after Italy's new government turned away a ship full of migrants from its shores.

According to Emmanuel Macron's spokesman Benjamin Grivaux, the French president believes Italy was obligated to accept Aquarius under maritime law. "There is a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility in the Italian government's behavior with regards to this dramatic humanitarian situation," Griveaux quoted Macron as saying.

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Macron scolds Italy over bar on migrants

French President Emmanuel Macron has accused the Italian government of "cynicism and irresponsibility" for refusing to let a stranded rescue ship packed with migrants dock in Italy.

Most migrants who survive the perilous voyages from North Africa end up in overcrowded Italian camps, and Italy says its EU partners must ease the burden. The plan is for the Aquarius to be joined by an Italian coastguard ship and a warship, which will take on board most of the migrants.

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