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Macron needs to take back "insults" for Brazil to accept Amazon's G7 help: Bolsonaro



BRASILIA / RIO DE JANEIRO – Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro said on Tuesday that he wanted French President Emmanuel Macron to withdraw the "insults" against him before considering accepting a $ 20 million bid by 7 States to combat forest fires to accept the Amazon.

The two leaders have been involved in a deeply personal and public word war in recent days when Bolsonaro mocked Macron's wife and accused the French leader of violating Brazil's sovereignty. Macron called Bolsonaro a liar and said that Brazilian women were probably ashamed of their president.

The fires in the Amazon have triggered a major crisis for Bolsonaro's far-right government. The Brazilian leader is losing popularity at home and is increasingly isolated on the global stage because he responds to the catastrophic fires that many consider to be a key bulwark against global climate change.

His response to the fires is being watched by the world leaders are increasingly concerned about climate change and could threaten Brazil's trade agreement and powerful agricultural sector, which is a key driver of its recession-plagued economy.

However, the aid offer of the Seven Wealthy Nations Group was made A summit meeting of heads of state and government in the southern French town of Biarritz on Monday has aroused emotions within the nationalist government of Bolsonaro. Some officials are grateful for the much needed help, others see it as a sign of colonial rule that undermines Brazil's control over its land.

  French President Emmanuel Macron.
French President Emmanuel Macron. Reuters Macron's anger on Sunday when the Brazilian leader responded to a Facebook post comparing his wife Michelle (37) with Macron's 66-year-old wife Brigitte. "Do not humiliate the man, hahahah," Bolsonaro wrote in a comment widely criticized as sexist.

Macron, who accused Bolsonaro of lying about climate policy, described his wife's comments as "extremely disrespectful." On Tuesday, Bolsonaro said he would only recommend accepting G-7 funds if Macron withdrew his earlier statements.

"First, Macron has to withdraw his insults. He called me a liar. Before we talk or accept anything from France, he has to withdraw those words so that we can talk, "Bolsonaro told reporters in Brasilia. "First he pulls back, then he offers help, then I'll answer."

The office of the French President declined to comment on Bolsonaro's remarks.

  Brigitte Macron (left) and Melania Trump.
Brigitte Macron (left)) and Melania Trump AFP / Getty Images

Later, Bolsonaro said in a sometimes heated discussion with members of his Cabinet and governors of the Amazon states that he had nothing against the G-7 countries, but something against the president of one of them – a barely concealed reference to Macron.

He also said he appreciated the environmental work of the G-7, but that any effort to damage Brazil's agricultural industry would damage Latin America's largest economy.

] Other members of his team took on a more contrary tone.

"Where they passed, they left a trail of destruction, confusion and misery so they can not give that kind of advice to anyone," Augusto Heleno said. a retired Brazilian general who is Bolsonaro said about France. He also described Macron's attitude as childish.

To bolster the Brazilian head of state, US President Donald Trump tweeted Tuesday his support for Bolsonaro, an ideological expert on the environment, China and trade.

Bolsonaro "works very hard on the Amazon and in every way does a great job for the people of Brazil – not easy. He and his country have the full and complete support of the United States! "Trump tweeted.

The Brazilian president replied on Twitter: "We fight the forest fires with great success. Brazil is and remains an international reference for sustainable development.

G-7 Offer

  An aerial photo of the Amazon forest fire with a drone can be seen from an indigenous territory in the state of Mato Grosso. in Brasil.
An Amazon forest fire in an indigenous area in the state of Mato Grosso, Brazil. Marizilda Cruppe / Amnesty International / Handout on REUTER's fires devastate the world's largest tropical rainforest – often referred to as "the lungs of the world".

When the fires made global headlines, Bolsonaro said Brazil did not have the resources to fight them. Following the G7 offer, his Environment Minister Ricardo Salles called the help "welcome". On Monday night, Bolsonaro's chief of staff, Onyx Lorenzoni, said Brazil would reject G7 aid. In the meantime, the Norwegian Environment Minister has called on major Norwegian companies operating in Brazil to ensure that they do not contribute to the destruction of the Amazon. In a meeting, the minister asked representatives of the oil company Equinor, the fertilizer manufacturer Yara and the aluminum producer Norsk Hydro, to ensure that their supply chains are not linked to deforestation.

The number of flames recorded in the Brazilian Amazon has risen by 79 percent, according to the Brazilian Space Exploration Agency from 25 August to 25 August. The fires are not limited to Brazil. In Bolivia, near the border with Paraguay and Brazil, burn at least 10,000 square kilometers (about 3,800 square miles or about twice as large as Delaware).

Brazil, however, is at the epicenter of the flames that Bolsonaro has accused environmentalists, non-governmental organizations and the weather. He also said that fires in the Amazon were more common among former left-wing governments.

Weak rainfall is unlikely to eradicate a record number of fires in the Brazilian Amazon as rainfall is expected to hit until Sept. 10. According to weather data and according to two experts, only isolated relief.


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