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It's like that ... Matteo Salvini


CHRONIC. Every week, our journalist Philippe Ridet has a personality that makes the news. As the far right Italian leader, whose ambitions have created this summer a major political crisis on the other side of the Alps.

Damien Cuypers for M The World Magazine

"Evviva l'Italia! " Live italy ! For the second consecutive summer, this country of "poets and navigators" - as it is written on the pediment of the square Colosseum, in the Roman quarter of the Universal Exposition of Rome (EUR), wanted by Mussolini - shook the the drowsy news of August. In 2018, a motorway bridge collapsed in Genoa; in 2019, a government falls in Rome. The two events do not have the same gravity or the same consequences, but they say that anything can happen, even sometimes the worst, on the other side of the Alps.

Matteo Salvini, deputy prime minister, interior minister and artisan of this major political crisis that could lead to new elections this fall, decided to challenge the prime minister. As well as his ally of the 5-star Movement (M5S) with which his party, the League (far right), was the other pillar of the government coalition.

Harassing tour of the beaches

While the country remains embroiled in the economic slump, the promised reforms are bogged down and the preparation of the next budget will not be pie, nothing better than to accuse its partners to be incapable. It relieves and it helps to redeem a virginity.

This Milanese was preparing, by drinking shirtless mojitos with little more dressed girls, a sort of seaside coup d'etat.

In doing so, the former leader of the communist branch of the League (do not try to understand, it is as improbable as the current Leninist Gaullism) has already managed to make history. Italy has experienced more political crises than winners of the Sanremo festival. But she never lived in the heart of summer. Now it's done.

" Che che!? A crisis when the suitcases are barely cordoned to go to the sea? ", Observers and politicians were offended. It's like "a flip-flop in peace" in a film by Georges Lautner: it's not done. Country of tradition, the Peninsula is resting in Ferragosto (feast of August 15). Politics too. Moreover, we thought Matteo Salvini - who was performing an exhausting tour of the beaches - more occupied by his tan than his destiny. We were wrong.

Reputation of strategist

In fact, at the age of 46, this Milanese who has never done anything but politics (apart from a short experience as a pizza delivery man) was preparing, by drinking bare-haired mojitos with little more dressed girls, a a sort of seaside coup d'etat. "I want the full powers," he said in an explicit reference to Mussolini who reminds us that the myth of the Duce - which was fond of showing his pecs on any occasion - is still alive and attractive in this world. nice country. After saving his party from a promised disappearance by getting him on horseback in the fight against immigration, after bringing him back to power, Matteo Salvini raised the target of his ambitions.

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