President Bolsonaro tells Emmanuel Macron that HE must withdraw & # 39; insults & # 39; before Brazil will accept G7 Amazon aid – after causing anger when it appears to offend Brigitte Macron
- Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said his French colleague had called him a liar
- He said he will only accept G7 help if Emmanuel Macron withdraws & # 39; insults & # 39;
- It is the last deterioration in a current feud between Bolsonaro and Macron
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has said that he will only accept an offer of international fire fighting assistance in the Amazon if French leader Emmanuel Macron & # 39; insults & # 39; withdraws.
Bolsonaro said his French colleague had called him a liar and accused him of calling into question the sovereignty of Brazil amid tensions over devastating fires engulfing the Amazon.
It is the last deterioration in a running feud between Bolsonaro and Macron, with recent jibes about the hell of Notre Dame and Macron & # 39; s wife Brigitte.
The G7 countries have pledged $ 20 million (£ 16.3 million) to help fight the Amazon flames and protect the rainforest, in addition to a separate $ 12 million (£ 9.8 million) from Great Britain and $ 11 million (£ 9 million) from Canada.
& # 39; To speak or accept something from France, with the best possible intentions, he (Macron) must withdraw these words and from there we can talk & # 39 ;, Bolsonaro told reporters today.
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro (photo left) has said that he will only accept an offer of international fire fighting assistance in the Amazon as the French leader Emmanuel Macron (pictured right with his wife Brigitte at the recent G7 summit) & # 39; insults withdraws & # 39; against him
Since the beginning of the year, more than 80,000 forest fires have broken out in Brazil. Pictured: a fire destroyed trees along the way to Jacunda National Forest
Macron, who has questioned Bolsonaro's reliability and dedication to the protection of biodiversity, has taken the pressure off the Brazilian president.
The French leader said in a speech on Tuesday that the interpretation of Bolsonaro is a "mistake."
He said the money is not only aimed at Brazil, but at nine countries in the Amazon, including Colombia and Bolivia. France also considers itself an Amazon region through the overseas French Guiana region.
Since the beginning of the year, more than 80,000 forest fires have broken out in Brazil – just over half in the vast Amazon basin that controls part of the carbon cycle and climate on Earth.
Macron previously had the Brazilian leader & # 39; extremely rude & # 39; after Bolsonaro had approved a different Facebook post about the appearance of Brigitte Macron.
A Brazilian placed a meme in which the appearance of Mrs. Macron (66) and the 37-year-old first lady Michelle Bolsonaro of Brazil was compared.
Trees are destroyed after a fire in the Alvorada da Amazonia region in Novo Progresso, Para, on Sunday
It had the slogan: & # 39; Do you now understand why Macron Bolsonaro continues? & # 39;
Bolsonaro replied: & # 39; Don't humiliate the man, ha ha, & # 39; referring to Macron.
Asked about the post at the G7 summit, Macron replied: & He said very disrespectful things about my wife, I have a lot of respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope that they will soon have a president ready for the job …
& # 39; What can I say? It is pathetic. It is sad for him and for Brazilians in the first place …
& # 39; I think Brazilian women are likely to be ashamed to read that of their president. & # 39;
But later that day even more burning barbs were shot across the Atlantic Ocean, when Bolsonaro's chief of staff rebuked the French president for not being able to prevent the Notre Dame fire in April.
& # 39; We appreciate (the offer), but perhaps those resources are more relevant to reforesting Europe, & # 39; told Onyx Lorenzoni, Chief of Staff of President Jair Bolsonaro, on the G1 news website.
& # 39; Macron cannot even avoid an expected fire in a church that is on the World Heritage List, & # 39; he added, referring to the April fire that destroyed the Notre Dame cathedral. & # 39; What does he want to teach our country? & # 39;
The French president has threatened to block a huge new trade agreement between the European Union and Latin America unless his Brazilian counterpart takes serious measures to protect the rapidly shrinking forest against logging and mining.
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