We have sought the clash with France and we will lose it

Dear Aldo,
let’s remember the French, when they buy Italian companies and often do it for two cents or when they mimic solidarity with the Italians and then mistreat an entire nation as if it were an appendage to France and a union with Africa. Africa a continent that speaks French, uses French currency and is in the French area of ​​influence. It is their stuff and not one but all the migrant ships should be addressed to them.
Donato LosaMilan

I have met French friends and clients for years, I have traveled hundreds of times throughout France for holidays and work, I have always found kindness, consideration and esteem not only for me, but also for Italians who are sometimes even overestimated due to their history. civility, artistic inventiveness and business ability. On the other hand, I have always sensed a certain hostility existing in the political environment. An evident case in the interpretation of history when, unlike the rest of the world, in France we say Gallo-Roman civilization and not simply Roman.
John Decius

Dear readers,
When France is involved, many of you write willingly, often in an anti-French vein. In fact, the clash with Macron in the long run is a big problem for Meloni on a political level, but in the short term it can be a propaganda advantage. The Italians are convinced that they are despised by the French. I think like Mr. Decio: the French love Italy and are fascinated by Italians. Different judgment on our policy. Fascist Italy attacked France with the Germans already in Paris: a stab in the back that the Gaullists in particular have never forgiven us. France has been governed for almost half a century by the anti-fascist right, an expression that we consider almost an oxymoron. quite normal for any justification of fascism to sound out of tune on the other side of the Alps. When a party wins the Italian elections that has the exact same symbol of Marine Le Pen, against whom Emmanuel Macron fought and won two very tough presidential campaigns (not counting legislative and administrative), it is clear that some problems arise. If then the French government, with a hundred arrogance – we will monitor respect for human rights – and a thousand prejudices, makes a gesture of goodwill by welcoming a ship, and an hour later we read the tweets of arrogant exultation from the deputy prime minister, then we can serenely conclude that we went looking for the fight. And unfortunately we won’t win it, whether we like France or not, a country that under every profile — GDP, inhabitants, military and civilian nuclear power, weight and cost of public debt, permanent seat on the UN Security Council, even the number of tourists — matters more than us. Then there is Germany, which counts even more, and has interests that are even more divergent from ours. It doesn’t take a political genius to understand that it would be better to get along with France. Without disturbing rivalries and ties at every opportunity, Napoleon and Platini, Gambetta and Zola, Belmondo and Pierre Cardin, who was really called Piero Cardn and was from Sant’Andrea di Barbarana, Treviso.

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My Jewish friend saved by Bartali and the bishop of Assisi

On the morning of November 15th in Jerusalem, Mirjam Viterbi Ben Horin (in the photo above) passed away, an elderly but vivacious Jewish lady with whom I had a long, intense friendship. She was the widow of Nathan Ben Horin, a diplomat who had decisively collaborated at the Israeli embassy in Rome for the establishment of official relations between her homeland and the Vatican. She was born in Padua, where her father was a university teacher, one of the most influential personalities of the Jewish community in the Venetian city. The latter had lost his university chair following the racial laws. The synagogue of Padua was burned. Mirjam, her sister, father and mother, found refuge with the bishop of Assisi Giuseppe Placido Nicolini. Through Don Aldo Brunacci many Jews were hidden in the Franciscan city. Mirjam and her family members received new identities and documents produced by the clandestine printing house in Assisi, the destination of many dangerous journeys that Bartali made as a relay, leaving and returning to Florence. Today in Assisi, on the initiative of Bishop Domenico Sorrentino, a diocesan museum collects important documentation of those events. Mirjam was deeply interested in Christian-Jewish unity, especially in the connection between the First and Second Covenants, between her life and mine. We talked about this in dozens and dozens of very long phone calls. Mirjam has composed some poems on these themes: she asked me for a comment and, sometimes, I sent it to her in writing. With few people in my life I have experienced such intensity and depth of communication as with Mirjam.
bishop Massimo Camisasca

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