Italy rejected 'market-imposed policies': French minister

26th February 2013, Comments 0 comments

Italian voters rejected policies imposed by financial markets by strongly backing a new populist anti-austerity party, France's Industrial Renewal Minister Arnaud Montebourg said on Tuesday.

"The Italians said they do not agree with market-imposed policies," Montebourg, on the left-wing of France's ruling Socialist party, told journalists.

The elections ended in a stalemate in parliament between right and left after a crunch vote in which the real winner appeared to be the new protest party, the Five Star Movement of former comic Beppe Grillo, which is calling for a referendum on Italy's membership of the euro.

© 2013 AFP

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