Thousands of Brazilians have flooded social media with apologies to Brigitte Macron after President Jair Bolsonaro had offended her appearance.
Using the hashtags DesculpaBrigitte and PardonBrigitte (meaning & # 39; sorry & # 39; meaning in Portuguese and French), French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife praised their own leader to apologize for his remarks.
The line erupted after Bolsonaro responded to a message on his Facebook page in which Mrs. Macron did not look closely at her husband who insisted that Amazon forest fires get the highest billing at the G7 summit in Biarritz.
Experts have since suggested that the fires are a & # 39; tipping point & # 39; rain forest health, often referred to as & # 39; the lungs of the world & # 39 ;.
Emmanuel Macron is locked up in a word war with Jair Bolsonaro after the Brazilian leader insulted his wife Brigitte (photo last week at the G7 summit in Biarritz)
Thousands of Twitter users posted supportive messages for Mrs. Macron online, disdaining Bolsonaro and inviting him to apologize
Bolsonaro had responded to a message on his Facebook page comparing Mrs. Macron's appearance with that of his third wife, Michelle, after Mr. Macron insisted that forest fires in the Amazon receive the highest billing at a recent G7 summit
Gerhard Dieterle, executive director of the International Tropical Timber Organization, warned on Wednesday that the situation in the Amazon region is very urgent & # 39; is.
"This is something that can affect the integrity of the Amazon as a whole, because as the forest fires spread, the grasslands become more susceptible to forest fires," Dieterle told AFP on the sidelines of a conference on African development.
& # 39; Many experts fear that it could be a tipping point & # 39; for the rainforest, he said, because the latest figures show a total of more than 82,000 fires in Brazil, even while military planes and troops help them fight.
More than half of the fires are in the huge Amazon basin.
Some of the fires are due to natural causes, Dieterle said, but they are usually started intentionally by farmers who free land for agriculture.
& # 39; If dense tropical forests are affected by forest fires, they need many, many years to regroup.
& # 39; It will change the climate, the local climate, the national climate and the regional climate. It will also have an impact on the global climate, & he added.
One of the most prominent figures to respond was Paulo Coelho, author of The Alchemist, who apologized in French for & # 39; the hysteria of Bolsonaro versus France & # 39;
Several women said they were ashamed & # 39; for Bolsonaro's comments and asked him to apologize
Bolsonaro refused to return to his comments and suggested that Macron should apologize to him if he wants action to be taken through the Amazon
World leaders have agreed on a $ 20 million aid package to fight the fire, but Bolsonaro has refused to accept the money unless Mr Macron apologizes to him.
Macron previously had the Brazilian leader & # 39; extremely coarse & # 39; said his comments & # 39; sad & # 39; were suggested that Brazilian women would be ashamed of him & # 39; and added: & # 39; I can only hope (Brazil) will soon have a president who does the job. & # 39;
Bolsonaro replied by saying: & # 39; To talk or accept something from France, with the best possible intentions, he (Macron) must withdraw these words and from there we can talk. & # 39;
On Twitter, the Brazilians seemed to support Mr Macron and said that Bolsonaro's comments do not represent their opinion.
A prominent figure who participated in the protests was the famous Brazilian author Paulo Coelho – who wrote The Alchemist – who apologized a video online.
& # 39; I am sorry for the hysteria of Bolsonaro against France, the French President and the French First Lady & # 39 ;, he said in French.
Donald Trump, who has wanted to make Bolsonaro an ally and has made no secret of his skepticism about climate change, has supported the Brazilian leader.
Bolsonaro & # 39; is working very hard on the Amazon fires and doing great work in every way for the people of Brazil – not easy, & # 39; tweeted Trump. & # 39; He and his country have the full and full support of the US! & # 39;
Asked about the $ 20 million G7 promise to fight the flames, Dieterle said it was a start, but much more is needed.
& # 39; This is the national sovereignty of Brazil … if they ask for funding, I think the world may be willing to make more resources available & he said.
Experts have warned that forest fires in the Amazon, which have increased by 80 percent compared to last year, are a & # 39; tipping point & # 39; for one of the most important forests on earth
Although forest fires occur naturally in the Amazon, most this year have maintained the increase in deliberate deforestation after Bolsonaro said his goal is to develop more forest land
A fire burns in a part of the Amazon rainforest in the Candeias do Jamari area near Porto Velho, Brazil
On Tuesday, a spokesperson for President Jair Bolsonaro said that Brazil would be willing to accept foreign aid to fight the fires, provided they control cash.
Previously, Brazil seemed to reject the G7 overtures during a word battle between Bolsonaro and French President Emmanuel Macron, who organized the gathering of the global elite.
& # 39; Macron should withdraw the insults he made to me & # 39 ;, Bolsonaro said to reporters in the capital of Brasilia on Tuesday.
Dieterle commented on the sidelines of the TICAD conference on African development in Yokohama near Tokyo.
Previously, he warned delegates that & # 39; deforestation and forest degradation are continuing at alarming rates in many African countries & # 39 ;.
Given the expected increase in the African population from 1.2 billion today to 4.4 billion by the end of the century, he also sounded the alarm because of a lack of wood products for construction and cooking.
& # 39; In the same way that we talk about food security, we should also talk about & # 39; wood safety & # 39; and & # 39; water safety & # 39 ;. We need to focus more on the role and use of productive forests before it's too late, & Dieterle said.
During his election campaign, Bolsonaro made no secret that he considered the further development of the Amazon to be essential for the economic future of Brazil.
Firefighters are deployed to tackle some fires, but world leaders have accused Bolsonaro of doing too little to tackle the crisis
A fire burns trees and sweeps along the road to Jacunda National Forest, near the town of Porto Velho in the Vila Nova Samuel region, which is part of the Amazon region of Brazil
The G7 has pledged $ 20 million to tackle the Amazon fires, but Bolsonaro has refused to accept – first suggesting that Macron apologizes to him before an assistant said Brazil only accepts the money if they have complete control over how it is spent
On Tuesday, he again criticized the indigenous protection policy of his country, which he says is being used by external forces to limit the Brazilian economy and give excessive amounts of land to tribes.
Bolsonaro made the remarks while meeting with governors of states in the Amazon region to discuss the fires and listening to those who complain about indigenous reserves and said that they hamper development.
Bolsonaro said that & # 39; many reserves are strategically located & # 39; and said: & # 39; someone arranged this & # 39 ;.
He did not specify which external forces could be involved.
The president said that indigenous peoples & # 39; do not speak our language, but they have managed to get 14 percent of our national territory & # 39; and he added: & # 39; One of the intentions of this is to harm us. & # 39;
Bolsonaro has repeatedly insisted on opening more indigenous countries for agriculture and mining, and said it would help the people there.
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