Italy-France, Darnis: “Macron can’t be too much friend Meloni”

The Luiss professor: “But the relationship is useful and its intensity will remain good. Common front in front of Germany withdrawn into itself”

Emmanuel Macron “cannot and does not want to appear as Giorgia Meloni’s new great friend, also for internal political reasons”, but “the quality and intensity of relations between the two countries will remain”, also because Rome and Paris need to make a “common front” in front of a Germany that is withdrawing more and more on itself. This is the analysis of Jean Pierre Darnis, professor of contemporary history at Luiss in Rome and of history of Italian-French relations at the University of Nice, following the ‘informal’ meeting between Macron and Meloni in a Roman hotel.

“The interesting thing above all is that it happened, benefiting from an agenda that dates back to three months ago”, when the visit to the Vatican and participation in the Sant’Egidio meeting was decided, Darnis emphasizes, speaking of an appointment that “It was handled well, despite the embarrassment of recent weeks, when it was feared that there was a particular design behind the visit of the French president”. And the coincidence of the calendar meant that “Macron did not visit Meloni or vice versa”, a circumstance that would have been exposed to exploitation. Even wider than the controversies that were not lacking in Paris anyway.

“Macron, who, not surprisingly, does not appear smiling in the photos, cannot prove to be too friendly with the new Italian premier, because this would mean legitimizing the French far right. He cannot play the friendship card, because this creates internal political problems for him. – observes the expert – But the president must be pragmatic, he knows well that cooperation with Italy, where, it was explained to him, democracy is not at risk, it must continue “.

And this also in the face of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s problems with Germany, which is “turning in on itself”. A retreat that “is not good news for Paris, because it reduces the efficiency of the Franco-German axis: a convergence with Rome, with which it can form a common front for a greater political dialectic with Berlin, to bring it back to forms of bargaining, it is therefore even more necessary, “says Darnis. And it also serves Italy.

As for the Quirinale Treaty, a topic that was also at the center of today’s private lunch between Macron and Sergio Mattarella, “I expect the work to continue, but in a discreet way, without too much publicity on either side” . In essence, the quality and intensity of relationships will remain good, but without too much emphasis, the expert says.