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Brazil says it will reject a bid of at least $ 22 million from the rich seven-member countries that provided the money to fight fires in the Amazon rainforest. But Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro says he does not want the money – unless he apologizes to French President Emmanuel Macron.
Bolsonaro and Macron spat for days after the French leader called for Amazon to protect the country, saying the fires were a global environmental crisis that could exacerbate Bolsonaro. He also said Bolsonaro, a climate change skeptic, lied about his efforts to fight deforestation.
Bolsonaro replied angrily that Macron had insulted him and tried to undermine Brazil's sovereignty by intervening in the Amazon.
"This dispute makes Bolsonaro's critics angry," reports Philip Reeves of the NPR in Rio de Janeiro. "They say he should fight the fires – not the French." On Monday, Bolsonaro said in a tweet, he would not accept what he called Macron's "attacks". He also accused Macron of treating Brazil "as if we were a colony or a no man's land."
In an interview on French television, Macron later referred to the Amazon as "the lung of the planet" and promised that the group would help Brazil reconcile its economic development with environmental concerns. In a marginal note addressed to Bolsonaro, he added, "But we can not let you destroy everything."
Tuesday morning, Bolsonaro said that Macron would have to take back all the things he said about him before he ever did G would think -7 offer of monetary assistance.
Bolsonaro made these remarks to reporters in Brasilia, shortly after the G1 website reported that the president's chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, had immediately rejected the G7's offer.
"Thank you, but perhaps these resources are more relevant to the reforestation of Europe," Lorenzoni was quoted as saying. As for the recent flame of Notre Dame in Paris, he suggested that Macron, if he "can not escape a foreseeable fire in a church," Brazil may not be able to teach much.
Macron made the devastating fires in the Amazon were a focal point for the G7 summit even before the Biarritz meetings began. "The ocean and the forest burning in the Amazon are calling to us, and we have to answer them," he added, "time is no longer words, but deeds." -7 nations have also attracted attention because of their modest size, both in terms of the source of some of the world's largest economies and the task they are to fulfill.
"It's really just symbolic," said Nigel Sizer, chief program officer at the nonprofit Rainforest Alliance, NPR said. "It's less than Americans spend on a typical day for popcorn."