‘This fight is madness’: Macron-Salvini spat threatens to boil over

Paris (CNN)After months of simmering tensions between Rome and Paris, the battle for the soul of Europe just got a lot uglier. On Thursday, France recalled its ambassador to Rome for the first time since 1940, when fascist leader Benito Mussolini declared war. This time the French foreign ministry blamed a war of words — “the repeated accusations, baseless attacks and outlandish claims” of Italy’s populist government. The diplomatic row now threatens to spill over into the world of art. Leonardo da Vinci’s legacy — long a source of friction between Italy, where the renaissance master spent most of his life, and France, where he sought refuge and died — is now being fought over all the more viciously. The …