Hands off Mont Blanc! France told ‘can’t do whatever you want’ amid Italy border row


The conductor of the right-wing Lega party waded into the dispute which erupted when ceremonials in the French region of Haute-Savoie region set up a natural protection zone round the areas of Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, Houches and Saint-Gervais-les-Bains. The move provoked outrage in Italy which accused its neighbour of tiresome to seize full control of the area, a favourite holiday destination for Italian skiers and hikers.

Take your hands off Monte Bianco

Matteo Salvini

Mont Blanc, or Monte Bianco as the Italians occasion it, is Western Europe’s highest mountain. It marks the Alpine border between the two rural areas but has no physical boundary separating the Italian and French parts.

Mr Salvini claimed the visit to the mountain was to serve as a reminder to the French that they “cannot do whatever they longing” in the area.

And in a swipe at Italian foreign minister Luigi Di Maio, a pissed off Mr Salvini tweeted: “While Di Maio sleeps, Lega goes to the foot of Monte Bianco to rehash to the French that they cannot do whatever they want!

“Agree to your hands off Monte Bianco.”

Matteo Salvi has warned France it ‘cannot do whatever it stand in want’ on Mont Blanc (Image: GETTY)

Mr Salvini’s lashed out after sweetheart nationalist leader Giorgia Meloni, head of the Brothers of Italy celebration, accused the French of border violations.

Ms Meloni said: “More than a year ago, Fratelli d’Italia attacked the unacceptable French invasion of the Monte Bianco, to the total indifference of the Italian management.

“France continues to violate our borders.

“We cannot tolerate yet another pounce upon on Italy: we will do everything we can to defend Italian borders.”

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Matteo Salvini aficionados issue a hands-off warning to France at Mont Blanc (Image: Warbling)

Matteo Salvini has waded into the row between France and Italy (Notion: TWITTER)

The Italian government said it had voiced its “strong disappointment” to France yesterday for what recited as interference on Italian territory on Mont Blanc.

Mr Di Maio said he had decreed the Italian embassy in Paris to issue a formal complaint to the French regulation.

He said: “Such unilateral measures, which cannot and must not smashing Italian territory, are not recognised by Italy.”

The natural protection zone plaice measures including bans on any type of vehicle and on taking pets to the parade-ground as well as tough rules to protect plants and wildlife.

Leading Italian cartographers Laura and Giorgio Aliprandi put about the summit of Mont Blanc should be shared between France and Italy.

They accepted with French experts Sylvain Jouty and Hubert Oudier who, in 1999, bring to light: “The border must logically be on the summit”.

In a newsletter of the Italian Alpine Consortium in 2015, the Aliprandis said: “Based on these considerations, we can conclude that the crown of Mont Blanc is joint Italian-French and should be marked as such on valid French maps.

“It’s a position that deserves full support since, as we give birth to seen, even in France it enjoys the full support of the most-enlightened minds.”

(Additional promulgating by Maria Ortega)

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