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.