Skip to Content

Macron and Bolsonaro in Osaka: The Frenchman serves the Brazilian – but only for the photo. Picture: Wikimedia/Palácio do Planalto (CC BY 2.0)

Amazon Fires ignite Cold War

It is not only the war between the "Western community of values“ and Russia that is raging but, more recently, between France and Brazil - or, more precisely between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro. It's about morality and ideology.

Published: September 12, 2019, 9:13 am

    Read more

    The origin of the conflict lies in the Brazilian election campaign which took place at the end of 2018. Jair Bolsonaro, an MP from Rio de Janeiro since 1990, was presidential candidate of the splinter party Partido Social Liberal (PSL). Because he is entrepreneur-friendly and defies mainstream sociopolitical views – which he likes to proclaim loudly – Western and especially French mainstream media came to the conclusion that Bolsonaro must at least be right-wing if not Goebbels.

    As final proof of the veracity of their categorization, the “quality” media published the biography of the dreaded leader: Bolsonaro left the Brazilian military academy with the rank of lieutenant of artillery, was a paratrooper of the Brazilian army and is still a reserve captain.

    After a tough election campaign in Brazil, in which all Western mainstream media outlets and politicians supported the progressive candidate Fernando Haddad as best they could, the Brazilians nonetheless opted against the “good” left, which they had linked to serious corruption and lawlessness.

    Instead, they voted for the “evil right-wing extremist” Bolsonaro, who received 55 percent of the votes in the second ballot. French President Macron, who not only believes himself to be on a major mission for sociopolitical progress, but also compares himself immodestly to the Roman deity Jupiter, the highest god, felt called upon to instruct the newly elected Brazilian president in political and ideological morality and to lead him back onto the virtuous path through the power of his moral authority.

    Although Macron congratulated Bolsonaro diplomatically on his electoral victory, he reminded him with sage wisdom that “France and Brazil maintain a strategic partnership based on shared values ​​of respect and promotion of democratic principles.[…] Respecting these values, France wishes to continue its cooperation with Brazil to address today’s major challenges for our planet, both in the area of ​​peace and international security and in the context of environmental diplomacy and the obligations of the Paris Agreement”.

    In parallel with these more moderated words, the Macron fan base launched an anti-Bolsonaro campaign on Twitter: Philippe Grangeon, Interim Chief of Macron’s La République en Marche (LREM) and Macron adviser, wrote: “The right-wing extremists are no longer standing on the threshold of power: they are in power.” And further, Grangeon tweeted: “He likes a military dictatorship, wants to destroy the Amazon, wishes that his son is killed in a car accident in case he is homosexual… and he is president of Brazil today. Great sadness and a setback for all democrats around the world.”

    LREM MP Sacha Houlié wrote: “New upswing of the conservatives. New challenges for the progressives they need to face,” while his LREM colleagues Aurore Bergé and Aurélien Taché complained respectively that “no democracy is protected from it,” and “this very bad news is also the result of the failure of a somewhat populist left in Brazil”.

    The tone in the bilateral relations was thus created and did not change over the next few months. In December 2018, the christening of the first Scorpène submarine bought by the Brazilian Navy from France took place without an official French representative. The 6th Franco-Brazilian Economic Forum, scheduled for the beginning of 2019, was first canceled, then adjourned to June, again without French Government officials present. In May, on the other hand, Macron received the Brazilian Indian chief Raoni – a radical domestic opponent of Bolsonaro’s – with great pomp.

    At the G20 summit in Osaka, Japan in late June, Macron and Bolsonaro met for the first time. It was stressed by the French that the conversation was “very direct” and Macron had insisted that Brazil not leave the Paris Climate Agreement. He had threatened not to sign the Mercosur EU Free Trade Agreement otherwise.

    The Brazilian side, on the other hand, began to strike a more conciliatory note: the conversation was informal and friendly. Bolsonaro had insisted on remaining in the climate agreement and even invited Macron to Brazil and the Amazon so that he could get an idea of the measures that had been taken to protect the rainforest.

    But when at the end of July the French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian came to Brazil on a state visit and also wanted to get together with members of the so-called “civil society”, Bolsonaro cancelled the announced meeting at the last minute to go to the hairdresser.

    A caricature of Bolsonaro at the hairdressing salon with the infamous Hitler haircut posted on Twitter ridiculed the French Foreign Minister’s proclivities. One day later, Bolsonaro commented on the incident: “There is an action strategy to be applied to each moment. […] Why does he [Le Drian] come here to discuss with NGOs? As soon as you talk about NGOs, it triggers the alarm of anyone with a minimum of common sense.”

    Before the G7 summit in Biarritz, the conflict worsened. Already on the eve of August 23, Macron ham-handedly styled the annual Amazon fires into an “international crisis” via Twitter to prove the drama of the situation by means of an outdated ten-year-old photo. In the official launch communiqué from the summit, Macron personally blamed Bolsonaro for the annual forest fires in the Amazon, stating: “Given Brazil’s behavior in recent weeks, it can only be said that President Bolsonaro lied to me at the Osaka Summit. President Bolsonaro has decided not to meet his climate commitments or biodiversity commitments. Under these conditions France does not agree to the Mercosur Agreement.”

    Bolsonaro hit back at Macron, accusing him of instrumentalizing the issue at hand for personal use. Finally, he blasted Macron, who regularly poses as some valiant fighter against colonialism, for having a “colonialist mindset”.

    “The Brazilian Government remains open to dialogue, based on objective data and mutual respect. The suggestion of the French President, that Amazonian issues are discussed at the G7 without the participation of the region’s countries, evokes a colonial mentality misplaced in the XXI century,” Bolsonaro said.

    On August 25, the conflict reached new levels: Brazilian Education Minister Abraham Weintraub tweeted: “Macron is just an opportunistic moron seeking the support of the French agricultural lobby.” And further: “France is a land of extremes: It has produced people like Descartes or Pasteur, but also the volunteers of the Waffen-SS Charlemagne. […] You have chosen a feeble president. […] You have to attack this idiot Macron.”

    On the same day Facebook user Rodrigo Andreaca posted a picture unfavourably comparing Brigitte Macron, 66 to his third wife, 37, and wrote: “Do you understand why Macron is persuing Bolsonaro? I bet Macron is jealous …”

    Bolsonaro liked the comment and wrote: “Don’t humiliate the man — LOL.” Macron described Bolsonaro’s comments as “extraordinarily disrespectful”, adding: “I hope that they [Brazilians] will very quickly get a president who is up to the job.”

    On August 26, at the G7 summit, under France’s leadership, Bolsonaro was offered $20 million in aid to help fight the forest fires, but he refused to accept the aid and advised Macron to “take care of his home and colonies” instead.

    Brazilian cabinet chief Onyx Lorenzoni added: “We thank you, but these funds may be needed more urgently in Europe for reforestation.” Bolsonaro condemned what he described as Macron’s meddling in Brazilian affairs and insisted he would only consider the G7’s Amazon aid package if Macron withdrew his “insults”.

    “First he called me a liar and then, according to my information, he declared that our sovereign rule over the Amazon was an open question.” On August 28, Bolsonaro finally revealed his support for the condition that the Brazilian state could decide on the use of the money. “Most importantly, once it arrives in Brazil, these funds will not be used against Brazilian sovereignty and we will coordinate their efforts.”

    The Brazilian government’s backing down is likely due to international pressure caused by media propaganda around the forest fires and the impending failure of the Mercosur agreement with the EU.

    This once again shows the shift in the balance of power away from the sovereign nation states towards the media, NGOs and multinationals. In Bolsonaro they found an opponent of equal skill, but in the end he, like all conservatives, is powerless against these networks and structures.

    rudolferdmann@freewestmedia.com

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Americas

    G7 summit: Doddering Biden confuses Syria and Libya three times

    NewquayJoe Biden's latest painful slip of the tongue is again eliciting much speculation about his mental health. In a speech at the G7 summit, he confused the countries Syria and Libya. Before that he aimlessly wandered into a café appearing disorientated before his wife arrived and dragged him off.

    Third night of unrest in Minneapolis after black fugitive’s death

    Minneapolis A young black man named Winston “Boogie” Smith was shot and killed during an attempt by US Marshals to arrest him on a felony firearms warrant in a parking garage in the Uptown district of Minneapolis. No Minneapolis police were involved in the incident, yet rioters took to the streets, looting and demanding "justice" and attacking whites. Slogans to kill the police were spotted on the streets.

    Pfizer/BioNTech animal trials show dangerous concentrations of nano-particles in organs

    BerlinIn Japan, upon request under the Freedom of Information Act, the licensing authority published previously inaccessible animal test data on the mRNA vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech. The data show that the mRNA nanoparticles do not remain at the point of injection in the muscle tissue, as claimed by the manufacturers, but in many cases reach the organs in high concentrations. RT DE asked the German Ministry of Health about its assessment at the federal press conference.

    Covid ‘vaccine’ exposed as huge risk at major health conference in US

    CaliforniaDoctor Christiane Northrup is adamant: The so-called anti-Covid injections are not vaccines. On April 16-17, a very well-attended two-day conference was held in the USA called the Health & Freedom Conference 2021, in which several well-known people participated. The mainstream media has not reproduced a single word that was said.

    US employers may be held liable for vaccine damage if they mandate Covid jabs

    The US Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has warned American employers that they may be held liable for "any adverse reactions" if they force employees to take Covid-19 vaccines "as a condition of their employment".

    Biden Executive Order strips Americans of all rights if they ‘get involved’ with Russia

    WashingtonPresident Biden signed an executive order in April to allow his administration to "deprive American citizens and organizations of their rights and property by arbitrarily linking those persons to real, imagined, or vaguely defined activities of the Russian government," according to a report in a conservative American publication.

    Majority of US voters believe the 2020 presidential election was rigged

    President Joe Biden cheated to get elected to the White House: a Rassmussen poll revealed that 51 percent of American voters share the belief that the election was rigged.

    Swiss epidemiologist warns against US Covid vaccination strategy as only option

    GenevaSwiss epidemiologist Antoine Flahault warned of the risks of the strategy focused on vaccination with current vaccines alone as a solution. He cited the example of the United States.

    WEF involved in non-white manufacturers displaying new shelf labelling

    It seems to be part of the globalist agenda where the World Economic Forum once again appears in the background after a large food chain in the United States joined the Woke movement, now rolling over the declining superpower like an unstoppable steamroller. Labels such as "black-owned", "Latin-owned", "LGBTQ-owned" and so on is being displayed to encourage customers to buy these at the expense of "white-owned" companies.

    Texas and Florida prohibit federal vaccination certificates

    The US state of Texas has banned state-mandated vaccination certificates. On Tuesday, Republican Governor Greg Abott introduced an executive order to prohibit any regulation requiring Texans to show proof of vaccination before receiving a product or service.

    Go to archive