In Brazil, Emmanuel Macron reveals a standard entrance with Lula within the struggle towards international warming | EUROtoday

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Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Emmanuel Macron on the island of Combu, near Belem (Brazil), March 26, 2024.

Floodlights took over from the solar after darkish. Neither Emmanuel Macron nor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva skimped on the staging, a bit lunar in the course of the jungle: the top of state, who had simply landed from Cayenne, and his Brazilian host, who got here there welcome to Belem, capital of the state of Para, within the north of Brazil. The two presidents met on Tuesday March 26 on the island of Combu, situated reverse town, within the presence of the indigenous chief Raoni Metuktire, who was made a knight of the Legion of Honor for the event. “I consider Lula as my brother, Macron as my son”, launched the nonagenarian. In the early hours of this state go to to Brazil, the 2 leaders didn’t ask for a lot and took the chance to show, within the absence of agreeing on the struggle in Ukraine and that of Gaza, a standard entrance on local weather points.

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After a tête-à-tête, the primary of the journey, Macron and Lula launched a joint enchantment to make the struggle towards international warming a “strategic priority”. The French president thus supplies his help to his counterpart, in view of the COP30, which Brazil intends to arrange in Belem in 2025. For René Poccard, professional from the Center for International Cooperation in Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD) within the Amazon , the 2 leaders “have a shared interest in placing themselves at the forefront of the fight against deforestation and fighting for the rights of indigenous peoples, in order to protect the Amazon but also to send a signal to their respective electorates”.

For Emmanuel Macron, it’s a matter of not repeating the missteps made previously, at a time when he intends to deepen ties with Brazil to weigh in on the so-called “Global South” international locations. In August 2019, the French president exchanged a brutal change of arms with Jair Bolsonaro (far proper) over the fires within the Amazon. He then referred to as for worldwide mobilization from the G7 in Biarritz, within the absence of any Brazilian consultant. An angle which shocked many of the native political class, and even the left, which was involved in regards to the topic of Brazilian sovereignty within the Amazon.

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“Lula did not keep the promises he made to me”

If Emmanuel Macron's environmental document is contested in France, Lula considers himself ready of energy on this space. In whole, 5,152 km2 of forests had been destroyed within the Brazilian Amazon in 2023, the 12 months of his return to energy, a spectacular drop of fifty% in comparison with 2022. After the mandate of Jair Bolsonaro, marked by the devastation of the tropical forest, Lula s The goal is about to be “zero deforestation” by 2030. “He fights with us but must deal with Congress and elected officials close to Bolsonaro, who represent agribusiness”nuance Watatakalu Yawalapiti, indigenous chief who got here to attend Raoni's ornament ceremony.

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