Brazilian women are likely to be ashamed for President Jair Bolsonaro, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron said on Monday after the Brazilian leader mocked his wife Brigitte on Facebook. Macron blamed Bolsonaro for fires in the Amazon and accused him of lying about climate policy to have.
Bolsonaro responded on Sunday to a Facebook post in which he compared the looks of his wife Michelle, 37, to Macron's 66-year-old wife Brigitte.
"Now you understand why Macron pursues Bolsonaro?" A Bolsonaro supporter wrote next to an unflattering picture the 66-year-old Brigitte, who is 29 years older than Bolsonaro's wife Michelle.
"Do not humiliate the man, hahahah," Bolsonaro replied in a commentary criticized as sexist.
Asked about the incident at a press conference in Biarritz on Monday, when G7 leaders gathered for a summit, Macron said the comments were "extremely rude."
"It's sad, it's first of all sad for him and for the Brazilians," Macron said. "Brazilian women are probably ashamed of their president."
"Since I greatly appreciate and respect the Brazilian people, I hope they will soon have a president who is up to the task," added Macron.
Later on Monday, Bolsonaro denounced Macron's plan for an international alliance Protecting the Amazon and saying on Twitter that Macron's "ridiculous and unnecessary attacks on the Amazon" are unacceptable and accusing him of treating the region as if we were a colony or no-man's-land. "
He also said his government was in talks with Colombian President Ivan Duque to create a "common plan between the majority of the countries that make up the Amazon, to guarantee our sovereignty and our natural wealth." [1
– Jair M. Bolsonaro (@jairbolsonaro) August 26, 2019
"Our house is on fire"
Brazil was upset when Macron tweeted a photo of the fire in the run-up to the G7 summit, Amazon forest: " Our house literally burns. "
Macron said he had been lied to by Bolsonaro for his commitment to tackling climate change.
In July, Bolsonaro canceled a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Pierre. Yves Le Drian – gets a haircut instead.
Since taking office in January, Bolsonaro has been protesting the enforcement of environmental legislation in Brazil and announcing that he plans to develop the Amazon region, where the world's largest rainforest is cut down by lumberjacks, ranchers and ranchers. Speculators have risen sharply this year.
On Sunday, Bolsonaro had authorized military operations in seven states to combat rampant fires in the Amazon. A spokeswoman for his office answered this.
Amazon is the largest tropical rainforest in the world and is considered vital for combating climate change because of the enormous amount of carbon dioxide it absorbs.
It provides 20 percent of the planet's oxygen and is home to an estimated one million indigenous people of up to 500 tribes and about three million plant and animal species, including jaguars, sloths, giant otters, river dolphins, howler monkeys, toucans, reptiles, frogs, and insects.
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