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Lollobrigida says train-stop row was 'trumped up'

2023-11-29T15:37:44.862Z

Highlights: Francesco Lollobrigida says train-stop row was 'trumped up' Agriculture Minister says furore about him requesting a late-running train to make an extraordinary stop earlier this month was "completely trumped up" Opposition parties have called for his resignation, with the 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader and former premierGiuseppe Conte saying his conduct "sends a devastating signal" The FdI said that the flak directed at him was"disgraceful" and "unacceptable"


Agriculture Minister Francesco Lollobrigida said Wednesday that a furore about him requesting a late-running train to make an extraordinary stop earlier this month so he could get to an official appointment by car was "completely trumped up". © ANSA


(ANSA) - ROME, NOV 29 - Agriculture Minister FrancescoLollobrigida said Wednesday that a furore about him requesting alate-running train to make an extraordinary stop earlier thismonth so he could get to an official appointment by car was"completely trumped up".
   The minister, a member of Premier Giorgia Meloni's right-wingBrothers of Italy (FdI) party, stressed during a question timesession in the Lower House that he had been on "normal businessfor my department".
   Lollobrigida got a Turin-Salerno Frecciarossa he was on to makean extraordinary stop near Rome so he could reach an engagementin the crime-ridden Naples backwater Caivano by car because thetrain was running 111 minutes late.
   The train operator has said the stop did not cause anyadditional delay for passengers.
   Opposition parties called for Lollobrigida's resignation, withthe populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) leader and former premierGiuseppe Conte saying his conduct "sends a devastating signal",and Democratic Party (PD) leader Elly Schlein describing thebehaviour as "arrogant and indecent".
   However, the FdI said that the flak directed at him was"disgraceful" and "unacceptable" and that he had only made surehe could get to an important event like the opening of a park inCaivano, which the government is trying to clean up after theJuly youth gang rape of two young cousins. (ANSA).

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