Italy and France have long been close allies and fellow-founding European Union members
But relations have taken a turn for the worse since Italy's populist parties came to power in June.
Much of the dispute has been about immigration.
France has criticized Italy for rescue boats carrying refugees and migrants to its Mediterranean ports.
On Monday, the summoned Italy's ambassador after Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio accused France of creating poverty in Africa and forcing mass migration to Europe
Presenter – Richelle Carey
Adama Gaye – Journalist, author and West Africa analyst
Jacques Reland ̵
Matteo Villa – Research Fellow with the Europe and Migration Programs at the I Talian Institute for International Political Studies
Source: Al Jazeera News