Brazil president says France’s Macron has ‘colonialist mentality’ over Amazon fires

Brazil president says France’s Macron has ‘colonialist mentality’ over Amazon fires

23.8.2019

Brazil president says France’s Macron has ‘colonialist mentality’ over Amazon fires

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro blasted his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron Thursday as having a

“The French president’s suggestion that Amazon issues be discussed at the G-7 without participation by the countries in the region evokes a colonialist mentality that is out of place in the 21st century,” Bolsonaro wrote on Twitter.

Macron tweeted earlier Thursday that fires burning in the Amazon amount to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority when the G-7 countries meet this weekend in France.

Bolsonaro noted that Macron’s tweet included a photo of a fire in the Amazon that is at least 16 years old and has been seen often in recent days on social media posts about the fires.

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