France to Oppose Mercosur Trade Deal over Brazil Environment Policy

Presidents Macron and Bolsonaro. File photo:

HAVANA TIMES – France is to oppose a European Union trade deal with the South American Mercosur group of countries because of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s environmental policy, the Elysee Palace confirmed on Friday.

News agency AFP had reported that Macron considered Brazil’s attitude in recent weeks showed Bolsonaro “had lied to him” about his climate commitments during the G20 summit in Osaka in June.

Bolsonaro “has decided not to respect his climate commitments nor to act on biodiversity issues,” the agency quoted the Elysee Palace as saying.

“In these conditions, France is opposed to the Mercosur agreement as it stands,” AFP cited the Elysee as saying. The agreement was reached in late June as world leaders gathered at the G20 summit but must be ratified by member states of both blocs.


One thought on “France to Oppose Mercosur Trade Deal over Brazil Environment Policy

  • August 23, 2019 at 6:30 pm

    Presidents sometimes think that they are infallible, obviously Bolsonaro is an example. But Macron is a tough tenacious very well educated and informed character as not only Bolsonaro will discover, but also UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. As Donald Trump is a buddy of both Johnson (born in the USA) and Bolsonaro, the G7 meeting may prove very interesting when Trump tries to bulldoze his way (diplomacy not being within his limited mental grasp).
    Baying that “I am a genius” and “the chosen one” is unlikely to be accepted by 5 of the 7 as all the evidence is to the contrary.


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