- Title: Brazilian women must be ashamed of Bolsonaro for mocking my wife, says Macron
- Date: 26th August 2019
- Summary: RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL (AUGUST 25, 2019) (REUTERS) VARIOUS OF PROTESTERS WITH SIGNS ON AVENUE CALLING FOR THE PROTECTION OF THE AMAZON
- Embargoed: 9th September 2019 14:02
- Keywords: G7 France meme Brazil Emmanuel Macron Brigitte Macron Jair Bolsonaro protest indigenous wildfires
- Location: INTERNET / PARIS & BIARRITZ, FRANCE / OSAKA, JAPAN / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / NEAR PORTO VELHO, RONDONIA STATE, BRASILIA & RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- City: INTERNET / PARIS & BIARRITZ, FRANCE / OSAKA, JAPAN / BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA / NEAR PORTO VELHO, RONDONIA STATE, BRASILIA & RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
- Country: France
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA00CATUVJ2F
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- Story Text: Brazilian women are probably ashamed of President Jair Bolsonaro, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (August 26), hitting back after the Brazilian leader mocked Macron's wife on Facebook.
The leaders have been feuding in recent weeks, with Macron blaming Bolsonaro for fires in the Amazon and accusing him of lying about climate change policy.
Bolsonaro responded on Sunday to a Facebook post that compared the looks of his wife Michelle, 37, with Macron's 66-year-old wife Brigitte.
"Do not humiliate the man hahaha," Bolsonaro wrote, in a comment widely criticized as sexist.
Asked about the incident at a news conference in Biarritz where G7 leaders are gathered for a summit, Macron said the comments were "extremely disrespectful" to his wife.
Later on Monday, Bolsonaro denounced Macron's plan for an international alliance to protect the Amazon, saying on Twitter that it would treat Brazil like a colony.
Brazil was angered after Macron, in the run up to the G7 summit, tweeted a photo of the burning Amazon forest, writing: "Our house is burning. Literally." Macron said he had been lied to by Bolsonaro over his commitments to fighting climate change.
In July, Bolsonaro cancelled a meeting with French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian - getting a haircut instead.
Since taking office in January, Bolsonaro has railed against the enforcement of environmental regulations in Brazil and announced intentions to develop the Amazon region, where deforestation of the world's largest rainforest by loggers, ranchers and speculators has surged this year.
(Production: Kathryn Carlson, Pascale Antonie)
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