The fire that devastated Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris happened on Emmanuel Macron’s watch.
This week, the same Emmanuel Macron — who is in the 20-percent range in approval as French president, in part because of his police brutality against the Yellow Vest protesters, and who is hosting the G7 meeting right now — has decided to launch a political campaign against... Brazil.
Over the annual, naturally occurring forest fires in the Amazon.
The Amazon is huge, and it has forest fires naturally, every year, all the time, just like Canada’s northern forests. That’s how it works in nature. Forest fires are shocking and destructive, but they are rejuvenating as well.
Trump was at the G7 in France, to talk about trade deals, like the huge one he made with Japan.
Macron had nothing to announce, so he chose to attack Jair Bolsonaro, the right wing president of Brazil. To blame Brazil for its forest fires, and frankly, to threaten to put on sanctions, or at least to cancel a proposed trade agreement with Brazil, if it didn’t put out its forest fires. As if Bolsonaro was pro-forest-fire.
You can imagine the reaction in Brazil, when Macron and, you guessed it, Justin Trudeau, started lecturing Bolsonaro on the Amazon fires, and even threatening economic retaliation. That’s the attitude of a colonial master.
Trudeau retweeted Macron, as a me-too. Except the picture that Macron used in Macron's tweet was fake. It was a real picture — but not of the fires this year in Brazil. I’m still waiting for the CBC “fact check” on that one!
So Trudeau and Macron not only thought they’d flex against Brazil on forest fires — instead of against China, or for trade, or on anything meaningful. They also, so very generously, agreed to chip in a few million dollars to help. Yeah, thanks for the trinkets, guys.
I think Bolsonaro was right to turn down the $20 million, or whatever it was. He’ll probably spend five billion on these fires; 20 million isn’t help; it’s preening.
But Bolsonaro should spend a million:
In this fight, I’m on Team Bolsonaro, I’ll tell you that.
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