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Boris Johnson stirs up Italy’s rage as girlfriend visits Lake Como

Rome: Italian President Sergio Mattarella has rebuked Boris Johnson’s claims that, unlike Italy, the UK is a freedom-loving country where it is hard to enforce anti-virus measures, as it emerged that the British Prime Minister’s fiancee is holidaying on the shores of Lake Como.

“We Italians also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness,” Matarella said.

Italy's President Sergio Mattarella.

Italy’s President Sergio Mattarella.Credit:AP

The Johnson’s comments made in the House of Commons were poorly received by the Italian press, which said he appeared to imply that because of Italy’s Fascist past and Germany’s Nazi history, Italians and Germans were more used to kowtowing to authority.

La Repubblica, a national daily, accused Johnson of “conceit” and said he had suggested that health measures “work better for peoples of an inferior temperament – Italians, for example”. The PM had displayed “an Anglo-Saxon superiority complex”, it said.

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