France and Italy fight about migrants – level 3

17-11-2022 15:00

France and Italy intensified their fight over migration after Italy’s far-right government failed to let a charity-operated ship come there.

The ship carried sick passengers who were rescued at sea between Libya and Italy. The ship had been stuck in Italian waters for weeks as it looked for a place to accept the migrants. For the first time, France allowed the rescue ship to land there, and the Ocean Viking eventually docked in the French port of Toulon.

Afterward, France decided to stop a plan to take 3,500 asylum seekers currently in Italy as a part of a European solidarity accord. The standoff is part of a crisis in Paris’s relations with Italy’s new prime minister Giorgia Meloni.

Difficult words: far-right (support of extreme and nationalistic ideas), accord (an official agreement), standoff (a situation in which neither side has won an argument or competition).

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