France’s Macron warns of populism “leprosy,” Italy hits back

French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a speech in Quimper, France, June 21, 2018. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS/ROME (Reuters) – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday populism was spreading across Europe like a disease that Europeans should fight more vigorously instead of criticizing the actions of pro-European governments like his. Italy’s anti-establishment leaders, clearly assuming Macron was referring to them, hit back by dismissing the 40-year-old French president as a “chatterbox” […]

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