Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Friday he will stop using disposable pens made by France's Bic to sign official documents, while a diplomatic spat continues over fires in the Amazon basin.
”A pen (of the Brazilian brand) Compactor and no more Bic, will work, Bolsonaro said, confirming remarks he made during a live broadcast on Facebook a day earlier.
Bolsonaro said on Thursday he would stop using Bic because it is French.
When asked if Bolsonaro was serious or joking, Brazil's presidential office declined to comment.
Most of the Bic ballpoint pens sold in Brazil are made in the French company's factory in the Brazilian city of Manaus in the Amazon, a Bic spokesperson revealed.
Bolsonaro has previously cited Bic pens, which are cheap and commonly used in Brazil, as a sign of austerity after the expenses of his predecessors.
Bic said it felt flattered to be recognized as a democratic brand,” but would not comment on the president's decision.
Bolsonaro has repeatedly clashed with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in recent days.
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Will he also be discarding his fancy Mont Blanc pens as well just because they are named after a French mountain?Aug 31st, 2019 - 01:36 pm +2
Bolsonaro is a five year old.
Gauchito Drink! Hilarious, as my Father pointed out years ago, the French will always be respected by the SAR. Of course a borracho like you can never get respect of any kind ...;)Aug 31st, 2019 - 02:41 pm +1
Can Bic survive such a terrible loss?Sep 01st, 2019 - 02:36 am +1