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Emmanuel Macron called the Amazon rainforest fires an international emergency last night, prompting Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro to tell him to stay out of his internal affairs.
Macron raised concerns about the 'lungs of the planet' and said G7 leaders should hold urgent talks in France this weekend. Brazil is not a G7 member.
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'Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet's oxygen - is on fire,' Macron tweeted. He accompanied the post with a stock photo from February 2018.
Bolsonaro fired back his own, saying: 'I regret that Macron seeks to make personal political gains in an internal matter for Brazil and other Amazonian countries. The sensationalist tone he used does nothing to solve the problem.'
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Onyx Lorenzoni, the president's chief of staff, earlier in the day accused European countries of exaggerating environmental problems in Brazil in order to disrupt its commercial interests.
'There is deforestation in Brazil, yes, but not at the rate and level that they say,' said Lorenzoni, according to the Brazilian news website globo.com.
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In the last eight days more than 9,500 fires have ripped through Brazil's dense rainforest and activists claim most of them will have been set by men working in the jungle, clearing land for cattle and logging.
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Despite Bolsonaro's claims that uncontrollable blazes are frequent during the 'queimada', the annual slash-and-burn, experts say an 84% increase on last year cannot be attributed to the dry season alone.
Last week local media reported that a 'fire day' had been declared by farmers in Para as a direct response to Bolsonaro.
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Brasil de Fato reported the organiser said: 'We need to show the president that we want to work and the only way is to knock it down. And to form and clear our pastures, it is with fire.'...
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