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Brazil rejects G7 aid, and tells Macron to reforest Europe and to look after world heritage sites

Tuesday, August 27th 2019 - 09:57 UTC
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Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality.” Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality.”
“We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to Bolsonaro said “We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to Bolsonaro said

Brazil rejected aid from G7 countries to fight wildfires in the Amazon, with a top official telling French President Emmanuel Macron to take care of “his home and his colonies.”

“We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro, told the G1 news website.

Lorenzoni was referring to a US$20 million pledge made at the G7 summit in France to fight the rainforest blaze.

“Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site. What does he intend to teach our country?” He continued, referring to the fire in April that devastated the Notre-Dame cathedral. The presidency later confirmed the comments.

Brazilian environment Minister Ricardo Salles had earlier told reporters they had welcomed the G7 funding to fight the fires that have swept across 950,000 hectares and prompted the deployment of the army.

But after a meeting between Bolsonaro and his ministers, the Brazilian government changed course.

“Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron,” Lorenzoni said.

Tensions have risen between France and Brazil after Macron tweeted that the fires burning in the Amazon basin amounted to an international crisis and should be discussed as a top priority at the G7 summit.

Bolsonaro reacted by blasting Macron for having a “colonialist mentality.”

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  • MarkWhelan

    “We appreciate (the offer), but maybe those resources are more relevant to reforest Europe,” Onyx Lorenzoni, (chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro”
    He then should have reminded the French President that he had a large fire in the south of France that has caused the evacuation of 10,000 French voters.

    Aug 27th, 2019 - 01:22 pm 0
  • Terence Hill

    MarkWhelan
    You should be reminded they extinguished the fires in France, while they're still lighting them in Brazil.

    Aug 27th, 2019 - 05:20 pm 0
  • :o))

    Brazil NEED help [financial; OF COURSE!]

    Sep 01st, 2019 - 03:02 am 0
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