A fresh row over borders has erupted between France and Italy on Mont Blanc – or Monte Bianco – after the mayor of Chamonix blocked access to a precarious glacier that the Italians claim is in their territory.
Eric Fournier took the decision to close a gate – installed by the Italians – that gave access to Giant glacier, situated at an altitude of 3500m. They claim the route is unsafe.
However, the decision sparked protests from residents in Courmayeur, a town on the Italian side of the mountain, who have claimed “it’s Italy up there” and “they [the French] aren’t competent”.
Relations have plummeted to such an extent that Augusto Rollandin, the president of the Italian Aosta Valley region, has written a formal letter to the Italian government asking it to intervene.
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Time For Truth: (The Telegraph) – Mont Blanc: fresh row over territory as France blocks glacier access