The American actress launched a scathing attack against Matteo Salvini though a series of tweets posted on her personal Twitter feed. Pamela Anderson directly addressed Mr Salvini and his alleged unwillingness to recognise unrest on the streets of Paris is a "European problem" rather than a national skirmish. Ms Anderson also warned Brussels to beware of the "new form of fascism in Italy", urging the echelons of the bloc to "reinforce each other."
Mr Salvini admitted to being "pained" by the attack but responded with a striking example of sarcasm: "Today I was attacked by an important American politician: #PamelaAnderson. She was better in a swimsuit."
The Italian deputy Prime Minister, who has been promoting a march for the "future of Italians" to take place this Saturday in Rome, later posted shared a picture of the American star wearing the signature Baywatch orange swimsuit.
The caption accompanying the image read: "It pains me, as a fond watcher and fan of Baywatch, that she will not be in Rome this Saturday #Italiansfirst #wordstofacts."
Writing on Twitter, Pamela Anderson said: "Italy is a beautiful country and I love it so much, from its food to its fashion, from its history to its arts, but I am very worried about the current trends which are reminding me of the 1930s.
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