- Title: Brazilians cheer and jeer Bolsonaro amid Macron controversy, G7 Amazon aid
- Date: 26th August 2019
- Summary: VARIOUS OF LOCAL LOOKING AT NEWSPAPER (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) LOCAL, JOSE TEIXEIRA, SAYING: "He (President Jair Bolsonaro) is like a child playing at president. The kinds of things that he says, the child comparisons, the chauvinism, the misogyny, and everything that he has always represented. His followers are an exact representation of this." PEDESTRIANS ON STREET (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) LOCAL, MARIA MERCEDES, SAYING: "All help is welcomed, I say. If the forest is being destroyed then any help is good because Brazilian authorities don't have the capabilities of fighting it on their own." VARIOUS OF LOCAL TRAM (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) LOCAL, SILVIO GALVAO, SAYING: "Where does the information (on the Amazon's destruction) come from? On my Facebook, things from the left hardly appear, there is no basis to the arguments for them (left-wing activists) to explain themselves. Those on the left are just expressing their personal opinion, there is no fact."
- Embargoed: 9th September 2019 21:20
- Keywords: G7 France Sao Paulo Brazil aid President Emmanuel Macro Brigitte Macron Rio de Janeiro fires environment wife Amazon
- Location: RIO DE JANEIRO + SAO PAULO + RONDONIA, BRAZIL
- City: RIO DE JANEIRO + SAO PAULO + RONDONIA, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wildfires/Forest Fires
- Reuters ID: LVA003ATUWG93
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- Story Text: Brazilians cheered and jeered the conduct of their President Jair Bolsonaro on Monday (August 26), after the country's leader denounced French President Emmanuel Macron's plan for an international alliance to protect the Amazon and made comments on Facebook that mocked Macron's wife.
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 (August 26) 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 hahahah," Bolsonaro wrote, in a comment widely criticised 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. "It's sad, it's sad first of all for him and for Brazilians," Macron said. "Brazilian women are probably feeling ashamed of their president."
But Bolsonaro supporters have stood behind their president, arguing that Brazil has sovereignty over the Amazon and its natural resources.
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.
Wildfires raging in the Amazon rainforest have hit a record number this year, with more than 70,000 fires detected so far by Brazil's space research centre INPE.
(Production: Douglas Engle, Daniel Vorley, Leandra Camera, Patrick Alwine, Paul Vieira)
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