\u00a0Italy on Saturday said \u201carrogant\u201d France risked becoming its \u201cNo.1 enemy\u201d on migration issues, a day before European leaders convene in Brussels for a hastily arranged meeting on the divisive topic.\r\nIn answer to comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said migration flows toward Europe had reduced compared with a few years ago, Italy\u2019s Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said Macron\u2019s words showed he was out of touch.\r\n\u201cItaly indeed faces a migration emergency and it\u2019s partly because France keeps pushing back people at the border. Macron risks making his country Italy\u2019s No.1 enemy on this emergency,\u201d Di Maio wrote on his Facebook page.\r\nMacron said European cooperation had managed to cut migration flows by close to 80 percent and problems stemmed from \u201csecondary\u201d movements of migrants within Europe.\r\n\u201cThe reality is that Europe is not experiencing a migration crisis of the same magnitude as the one it experienced in 2015,\u201d the French president said.\r\n\u201cA country like Italy has not at all the same migratory pressure as last year. ... The crisis we are experiencing today in Europe is a political crisis.\u201d\r\n\u00a0\r\nBut Italy\u2019s Interior Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said his country had faced 650,000 arrivals by sea over the past four years, 430,000 asylum requests and the hosting of 170,000 \u201calleged refugees\u201d for an overall cost of more than 5 billion euros ($5.8 billion).\r\n\u201cIf for the arrogant President Macron this is not a problem, we invite him to stop insulting and to show instead some concrete generosity by opening up France\u2019s many ports and letting children, men and women through at Ventimiglia,\u201d he said in a statement, referring to the northeastern Italian town at the border with France.\r\nMacron also said France favored financial sanctions for EU countries that refuse migrants with proven asylum status.\r\n\u201cYou can\u2019t have countries that massively benefit from the solidarity of the European Union and that massively voice their national selfishness when it comes to migrant issues,\u201d he added, in a clear hint to Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic, which oppose the EU relocation scheme for asylum seekers.\r\n\u00a0\r\nHEATED DEBATE\r\nThe fate of the Aquarius rescue ship and its more than 600 migrants sparked a heated debate this month over EU states\u2019 responsibilities.\r\nItaly and Malta refused to take in the ship which was stranded at sea for days before being offered safe haven in Spain. On Saturday, another migrant rescue ship, the MV Lifeline, was waiting in the Mediterranean having been refused harbor by Italy and Malta.\r\nThe French president suggested that additional conditions should be attached to the granting of the EU\u2019s structural funds to guarantee the recipients take their share of asylum migrants.\r\nHe made the comments after his first meeting with the new Spanish prime minister, Pedro Sanchez, at the Elysee palace.\r\nBoth leaders agreed that additional detention centers should be opened in Europe to review asylum seekers\u2019 applications.\r\nThis would come on top of so-called \u201cdisembarkation platforms\u201d outside the EU where asylum requests could be assessed before claimants reach Europe.\r\nMigrants seeking to reach Europe were picked up in their hundreds in the Mediterranean on Friday and Saturday.\r\n\u00a0\r\nSpanish authorities said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants trying to make the perilous crossing from Africa, while off the coast of Libya coastguards recovered bodies of five migrants and picked up 210 survivors, the coastguard said.\r\nThe container ship Alexander Maersk picked up 113 migrants from a boat off southern Italy on Friday, the ship owner said. The ship was south of Sicily awaiting further instructions from the authorities.