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French president insists rail project with Italy is needed

ROME (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron says a high-speed rail project with Italy is "very important" and differences can be resolved. The fate of the Turin-Lyon train and tunnel project is testing ties among the populist parties in Italy's governing coalition. The main coalition partner, the 5-Star Movement, opposes the project's completion.

Macron said in an interview broadcast Sunday night on Italian state TV that much work has already been done and the project is "a very important for our cross-border regions." He noted the project was agreed upon by previous governments, adding "we have confirmed" the deal.

The 5-Star Movement says the money would better spent on improving transportation infrastructure throughout Italy and fears damage to the environment. Macron insisted that "we can reconcile ecology with modernity" thanks to technological innovations.

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