En Italie, le responsable d’une entreprise publique plagie Mussolini et crée la polémique

The slippage of Claudio Anastasio, appointed by Giorgia Meloni, illustrates both a drift and the difficulties of the manager in surrounding herself of managers outside the spheres close to an extreme right more and more uninhibited.

by Olivier Bonnel (Rome, Correspondence)

On January 3, 1925, in a speech in Parliament, Benito Mussolini assumed claiming alone “political, moral, historic” responsibility “of a crime committed the previous year, the assassination by fascist squadrons of the socialist deputy Giacomo Matteotti . A discourse, famous in the country, which many historians identify as a rocking point towards the installation of totalitarianism. On March 14, this diatriber resurfaced unexpectedly. The daily La Repubblica has indeed revealed that Claudio Anastasio, president of the public company 3-I, in charge of the digital transformation of public services, sent to the members of his board of directors an email in which he copied-paciated Duce’s speech, only replacing the term “fascism” with “3-i”.

Named in December 2022 by Giorgia Meloni at the head of 3-I, Mr. Anastasio said he had the intention of “mobilizing his troops”. Faced with the scandal, he was forced to resign. The “Anastasio case” is emblematic of an uninhibited speech which seems to be released in some officials since the coming to power of the Fratelli of Italia (FDI) chief, although the president of the council took care to smooth her image , distance himself from the fascist heritage of his political family.

In his first circle, however, remain ambiguous figures, starting with Ignazio La Russa, president of the Senate and co -founder of Frattelli d’Italia. “We are all heirs of the Duce,” he claims still on a television set in September. Notable detail, the name of Claudio Anastasio had been blown to Giorgia Meloni by one of her relatives, Rachele Mussolini, municipal councilor in Rome and granddaughter of the Duce.


“This story is embarrassing”, analyzes the journalist Paolo Berrizi, author of several works on the far right in Italy, because “she shows that Giorgia Meloni stumbles on what is the matrix of her party”. He concludes by saying that the arrival of the leader of Fratelli of Italia in power “woke up the fascist impulses of some”. In fact, a small music begins to see the light of day in Italy, made of slippages and overbidding that are multiplying. In Grosseto, in Tuscany (Center), the mayor of the city, supported by FDI, wanted to baptize a street by the name of Giorgio Almirante, former leader of the Italian social movement (far-right party founded after the war, including former fascist officials).

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