Between Emmanuel Macron and Lula, the boundaries of dialogue between France and a pillar of the “global South” | EUROtoday

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Emmanuel Macron and Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, after a working meeting at the Planalto presidential palace, in Brasilia, March 28, 2024.

Kisses, champagne and pats on the again. Emmanuel Macron concluded, Thursday March 28, a three-day state go to to Brazil which took him to the Amazon, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and at last Brasilia. From the capital, the French president displayed his need to relaunch relations between the 2 international locations, in addition to his closeness along with his counterpart, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. A Bahian connoisseur lunch was organized on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Itamaraty, within the presence of ex-footballer Rai Souza Vieira de Oliveira and Dimitri Payet, now an attacking midfielder on the Vasco da Gama membership.

A little bit earlier than, Emmanuel Macron was obtained on the Planalto presidential palace, a monumental work by Oscar Niemeyer, situated on the Place des Trois-Pouvoirs, devastated by the Bolsonarist rioters on January 8, 2023. Guard of honor, assessment of 'an nearly full Brazilian authorities, Lula made some extent of exhibiting respect for his French host, whom he hugged a number of occasions, earlier than presenting him with the nation's highest distinction reserved for foreigners, the Grand- Cross of the Order of the Southern Cross. In return, the Head of State embellished the Brazilian first woman, Rosângela da Silva, often called “Janja”, with the Legion of Honor. But behind the lightness, the grins and hugs, the assembly between the 2 heads of state was dominated by severe topics, beginning with the struggle in Ukraine and that in Gaza.

At the tip of their interview, the Brazilian president additionally emphasised his concern for ” negotiate “ to go in the direction of ” the peace “whereas his French counterpart didn’t rule out sending troops to Ukraine a month in the past to assist it resist Russian assaults. “I am so many thousands of kilometers from Ukraine that I do not need to experience the same nervousness as the French, who are closer”declared Lula, believing that Volodymyr Zelensky and Vladimir Putin “are going to have to get along.”

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“France is a power of peace, but it is not weak, so that democracy and international law are defended”replied Mr. Macron, believing that the participation of the Russian president, whom Lula may invite to Rio for the G20 summit in November, have to be the topic of a consensus earlier than being confirmed. “If it is a meeting that is not useful and creates division, we should not do it,” advised the French chief to his counterpart.

“Lula cannot turn his back on Russia”

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