Italy will follow suit with France and elect a pro-European government in next year's general election, because to think there is an alternative is an "illusion", the chief executive of Generali told CNBC.
"As you have seen the result of the election in France was a very pro-Europe result. I think the same thing will happen in Italy because, once again, to think there is a future outside of Europe is an illusion," Philippe Donnet told CNBC Friday on the on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti Forum in Italy.
"There is no future outside of Europe. There is no future out of the euro," the leader of Italy's largest insurance group said.
Italy is due to head to the polls by May 2018. The country's ruling centre-left Democratic party hopes to retain power, though right-wing parties have tried to capitalize on the European migrant crisis, which has severely impacted Italy.