Italy: Matteo Salvini galvanizes his sovereignist allies ahead of the European elections

In Florence, on Sunday 3 December, Matteo Salvini brought together a dozen representatives of the far-right Identity and Democracy group in the European Parliament. Among the absentees: the leader of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, and the leader of the Party for Freedom, Geert Wilders, who is busy looking for coalitions to form a government in the Netherlands. This political fair in view of the 2024 European elections was marked by the warlike speech of the secretary of the League, deputy prime minister in the Meloni government.

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The leader of the League, Italy's Matteo Salvini, on December 3, 2023 in Florence during a rally of the European grouping Identity and Democracy. AFP - ANDREAS SOLARO

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With our correspondent in Rome, Anne Le Nir

Some 2,000 participants attended the "Free Europe" meeting set by Matteo Salvini. The rally, in the grounds of the fortress of Basso, located in the center of Florence, began with the projection of Marine Le Pen's video message. The former president of the National Rally reiterated her attacks on the European Commission, which "embodies a model of annihilation of the identity of peoples whose fuel is none other than immigration". As the Italians say, it was just a "piccolo antipasto" ("a small entrance").

The star of the day, the head of the League, Matteo Salvini, was even more scathing. "In Florence, women and men from all over Europe gathered armed with common sense, courage and faith. They will defeat the technocrats and Freemasons who want to destroy the roots and identity of our continent! We are not afraid of Goliath Soros," he said in his speech.

Penso che la giornata di oggi sia straordinaria, addirittura storica, perché oggi parte il Risorgimento dell'Europa che sarà: un'Europa delle libertà e dei diritti.#FreeEurope #Firenze

— Matteo Salvini (@matteosalvinimi) December 3, 2023

To defend the values of a united Europe and the right to immigration, thousands of Florentines took to the streets, some of whose monuments were lit up in blue by the left-wing town hall. No serious incidents were recorded.

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