Macron furious as Brazil president mocks wife Brigitte - Amazon row escalates

Emmanuel Macron and Jair Bolsonaro have been involved in a spat after the French President criticised Mr Bolsonaro’s handling of the Amazon rainforest fires and threatened to tear up a trade deal. But Brazil’s President appears to have hit back at Mr Macron, by insulting his wife, Brigitte Macron’s, appearance online. Mr Bolsonaro endorsed a sexist Facebook post about France’s first lady, that unfavourably compared the 66-year-old to to Brazil’s first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro.

The post, which shared a image of both couples, said: “Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?”

The Brazilian leader responded: “Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha,” referring to Mr Macron.

Asked whether the response came from Bolsonaro himself, a spokesman for Brazil's presidential palace refused to comment.

But the French Prime Minister hit back today, saying: “He said very disrespectful things about my wife, I have great respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope they soon have a president who is up to the job.”

He said Bolsonaro's comments were “extraordinarily rude”, adding: ”What can I say? It's sad. It's sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians.”

The news comes after G7 leaders agreed to provide $20 million in emergency funds to help extinguish the fires decimating much of the Amazon’s rainforest.

Some 1,663 new fires were ignited between Thursday and Friday, according to data from Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE).

The raging inferno has prompted an outcry worldwide and today G7 leaders agreed to provide $20 million in aid to help stop the forest fires.

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While US President Donald Trump is present at the three-day summit, held in Biarritz, France, he was absent from the talks on climate change and biodiversity.

Mr Macron explained that President Trump was busy holiday bilateral meetings but had backed the leaders’ efforts to tackle the fires raging in the Amazon forest.

The French President told a news conference: “"He wasn't in the room, but his team was.

"You shouldn't interpret the American president's absence… the US are with us on biodiversity and on the Amazon initiative.”

Mr Macron said the Amazon represented the “lungs” of the planet and leaders were studying the possibility of similar support in Africa, also suffering from fires in its rainforests.

Over 78,000 forest fires have occurred in Brazil this year, a surge of 84 percent compared with the same period in 2018.

The infernos continue to destroy much of the Amazon’s 5.5 million km2 of forest which has prompted an outcry worldwide.

Earlier this week Mr Macron said the fires in the Amazon basin was an “international crisis” and asked for the issue to be discussed at the G7 summit.

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