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"Opportunistic cretin", "Macrocon", "idiot" ..., the French president insulted online by Brazilian officials


President Jair Bolsonaro, his son and one of his ministers added their voices to those thousands of Brazilians who attack the French president and his wife on social networks.

A demonstration in front of the French Embassy in Brasilia, August 25. SERGIO LIMA / AFP

The diplomatic crisis is escalating. Two days after accusing Emmanuel Macron of thinking according to a "colonialist mentality" On fires in the Amazon , Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro participated in a violent smear campaign against the French president on social networks. On the front line in the pressure on Mr. Bolsonaro for the fight against fires in the Amazon, the French president was heavily insulted Sunday, August 25 on Twitter in Brazil, including by a minister.

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"Macron is not up to this debate. It's just an opportunistic moron seeking the support of the French agricultural lobby, " wrote education minister Abraham Weintraub, referring to the French president's opposition to the European Union-EU free trade agreement. Mercosur. The term used in Portuguese, Calhorda , very far from diplomatic uses, has no equivalent in French but is at the crossroads of "cheater", "moron" and "asshole".

"France is a country of extremes. It produced men like Descartes or Pasteur, but also collaborators of the Waffen-SS " during the Second World War, also says Mr. Weintraub in the same message. In the midst of a flurry of tweets, the minister continues: "They have chosen a president without character" and "we must attack this moron Macron" . Olavo de Carvalho, writer and "guru" of Jair Bolsonaro, exiled in the United States, for his part forged on Twitter the name of "Macrocon" .

"Macron is an idiot"

Moreover, on his official Facebook account, Jair Bolsonaro, published an offensive comment about Emmanuel Macron's wife, Brigitte Macron. The Brazilian president on Friday released a video showing planes fighting fires in the Amazon and, in response, a user posted a photo that made fun of Ms. Macron's physique by comparing it to that of Michelle Bolsonaro, accompanied by this "Do you now understand why Macron persecutes Bolsonaro? To which Jair Bolsonaro replied with another comment: "Do not embarrass the guy. MDR [laughing death]. "What Emmanuel Macron said was " sad " and " extremely disrespectful " . "As I have a lot of friendship and respect for the Brazilian people, I hope very quickly that they will have a president who behaves at the height," he added. For its part, the president's son, Eduardo Bolsonaro, a deputy and possible next ambassador of Brazil in Washington, had retweeted Friday a video of violent demonstrations of "yellow vests" in France with the text: "Macron is an idiot. "

The French head of state said Monday that there were "probably three misunderstandings" with the Brazilian leader: the issue of reforestation and the fact that he has not "told him the truth" about respect Paris agreement, the urgent appointment of Jair Bolsonaro at the hairdresser who canceled at the end of July an interview with the head of French diplomacy, Jean-Yves Le Drian, and the "insults" of last days.

The Amazon has thrown oil on the fire of a Franco-Brazilian relationship that has strained after the arrival in power in Brasilia of the far-right president. Jair Bolsonaro had inflicted a diplomatic affront in late July to the French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, visiting Brasilia, canceling their meeting. He had posted on Facebook a live video in which he was seen having his hair cut at the scheduled time of the appointment, which had been canceled "for agenda items" .

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Source: lemonde

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