"A pen (the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no Bic anymore will work," Bolsonaro said on Friday, adding that he would stop using Bic "because it's French," according to Agence France Presse (AFP ).
AFP noted that the Brazilian presidency refused to comment when asked if the remark was a joke.
A Bic spokesman told AFP that most of his pens sold in Brazil are manufactured in Manaus, a Brazilian city in the Amazon. The spokesman would not address Bolsonaro's decision to boycott the brand.
The step of the right-wing Brazilian leader is linked to his government being exposed to international control over the rise of forest fires in the Amazon, which serves as a vital carbon reservoir for the rest of the world.
The Brazilian space research center INPE released data last month showing that its fire rate has risen by about 85 percent over the previous year.
Macron described the events as "crisis" and led discussions about the fires during the Group 7 (G-7) Summit in Biarritz, France. He also accused Bolsonaro of having lied about his views on climate change.
Meanwhile, Bolsonaro has denounced Macron for taking action against the rainforest fires without Brazil being present at the G-7, claiming that this is a colonialist way of thinking. He also said that Brazil would not accept any help from the group until Macron apologizes.
"First, Macron has to withdraw his insults, he called me a liar, and before we speak or accept anything from France … he has to retract these words so that we can talk," Bolsonaro told reporters last week. 1