Quite possibly the world’s most popular leader, the Italian populist Matteo Salvini, gives his support to the French Yellow Vest (Gilets Jaunes) protestors, who are protesting against possibly the world’s least popular leader at the moment, President Macron, over the tax rise on fuel.
Italy’s Interior Minister shared a video clip from Italian public broadcaster RAI on Twitter which showed one of the Yellow Vests behind the reporter shouting, “Salvini! Salvini!” during the protests which took place in Paris on Saturday.
In his tweet Salvini said, “It’s nice to know you have supporters even among the French tired of Macron…”
There is no love lost between the Italian Deputy Prime Minister, who enjoys a very high level of trust and support from Italian voters and the French President, currently competing with the likes of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who in 2009 received the lowest approval ratings since opinion polls began in 1943.
In August Macron had this to say about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Salvini: “I will not give anything away to the nationalists and those who defend hate speech,” adding, “If they want to see me as their chief adversary, they are right.”
French Rassemblement National (National Rally) leader Marine Le Pen has been possibly one of the most vocal supporters of the Yellow Vests, of course, condemning any violence seen on the Champs Elysees saying: “Of course we condemn the violence.
But often, this violence emanate from the same: the black blocs, the “Antifa” groups. The most serious violence comes from these extreme leftist groups.”
Italy’s Salvini and Le Pen recently had a meeting promising to join efforts into a “freedom front” ahead of May’s European Parliamentary elections.
Salvini and Orbán also held a meeting earlier in the year promising cooperation with each other. Orbán referred to Salvini as a “hero” adding that he believes Mr. Salvini to be “a companion of my destiny”.
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