French president blasts Brazilian leader over ‘rude’ comments about wife

WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:

  • President Emmanuel Macron of France lashed out at President Jair Bolsonaro after the Brazilian leader showed support to a Facebook post implying his first lady was more attractive than Macron’s wife.
  • “He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife,” Macron said at a G-7 summit press conference on Monday, according to The Guardian.
  • The feud started between the two leaders over the handling of fires that are destructing Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

President Emmanuel Macron of France lashed out at President Jair Bolsonaro after the Brazilian leader showed support to a Facebook post implying his first lady was more attractive than Macron’s wife.

“He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife,” Macron said at a G-7 summit press conference on Monday, according to The Guardian. “What can I say? It’s sad. It’s sad for him firstly, and for Brazilians.”

Last weekend, Bolsonaro seemed to agree with a post on Facebook by his supporter who shared an unflattering photo of the French president’s first lady, Brigitte, with the caption, “Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?”

The Brazilian leader made this comment to the post: “Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha,” according to the report.

Michelle, Bolsonaro’s wife is 28 years younger than Brigitte who is 65.

“I think Brazilian women will probably be ashamed to read that from their president,” Macron told the news outlet.

“And as I feel friendship and respect towards the Brazilian people, I hope that they will very soon have a president who behaves in the right way,” the French president added.

The feud comes when the relation between the two countries are already tense over the handling of fires that are causing severe destruction to Brazil’s Amazon rainforest.

On Thursday, Macron tweeted: “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest — the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen — is on fire.”

Bolsonaro called the international outrage as symptomatic of a modern-day “colonialist mentality,” according to New York Post.

 

Source: New York Post

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