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Sandro Gozi's appointment to Matignon makes waves in Rome

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The nomination was published at Official newspaper Tuesday, July 30 and, in Italy, it has not gone unnoticed. From that date, the former Italian Secretary of State for European Affairs Sandro Gozi (Democratic Party, center-left) joined the office of the French Prime Minister, Edouard Philippe, in as a missionary in charge of European affairs.

The position is modest and usually, the people who occupy it are little exposed to the light. But this reinforcement is, for Matignon, a decision of choice. Moreover, the news, in the context of the cooling of the Franco-Italian relations of the last months, could not be perceived as anything other than a provocation by the current Italian government.

The accusations of betrayal, more or less directly formulated, were not long in coming. For Luigi Di Maio, Vice-Chairman of the Board and leader of the 5-star Movement, "One must evaluate if one has to take away Italian nationality: he becomes a personality of another government after working for the Italian government. He betrays Italy. It's worrying.

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Interior Minister and League leader Matteo Salvini did not overbid this proposal â € "perfectly inapplicable â €" but he didnâ € ™ t miss it. raise : "Imagine who this character was interested in when he was in the Italian government … he's crazy, that's the Democratic Party (PD)!" AT"

Short term position

Some of Sandro Gozi's political friends have been very serious. Former Minister for Economic Development Carlo Calenda (PD), for whom "We do not enter a foreign government. "There is not just any". But many others emphasized that it is only a missionary position, which is short-lived.

At 51, Sandro Gozi has behind him a great political experience, Italian and European. He served from 2006 to 2018 as Secretary of State to the presidency of the Italian Council under the Renzi and Gentiloni governments, from 2014 to 2018. His links with France and his commitment Europeans are old, and profound: he studied several years at Sciences Po Paris, and do not miss an opportunity to remind his French interlocutors that he was in the big amphitheater. The Sorbonne on the evening of the debate between François Mitterrand and Philippe Séguin, in September 1992, a few days before the referendum on the Maastricht treaty.