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French President Emmanuel Macron Denounces Trump’s Paris Pullout: ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

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French President Emmanuel Macron Denounces Trump’s Paris Pullout: ‘Make Our Planet Great Again’

French President Emmanuel Macron has slammed Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate change agreement as a historic “mistake,” becoming the first French president to address his country and the world from the Elysée in English.

Mr. Macron, 39, who took up office almost three weeks ago, said that while he “respected” Mr Trump’s decision to pull out of the climate deal, he added that it was a “mistake for the US and for our planet”.




“If we do nothing, our children will know a war of migrations, of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world,” the French leader said.

Mr. Macron urged climate change scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs, to go to France to continue their work.

“They will find in France a second homeland,” Mr. Macron said in a video message from the Élysée Palace in Paris.

“I call on them,” he added. “Come and work here with us, work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you, France will not give up the fight.”

In the French version, he added: “The Unites States has turned its back on the world but we haven’t turned our backs on the Americans.”

In his announcement at the White House, Mr. Trump said he wants to “renegotiate” a fairer deal that would not disadvantage US businesses and workers.

He said that “if we can get a deal, that’s great. If not, that’s fine.”

Mr. Macron fired back at Mr. Trump’s proposal, saying: “We will not renegotiate a less ambitious accord. There is no way.”

“Don’t be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B.”

Here’s Macron below:

Earlier, France had released a rare joint statement with Italy and Germany that dismissed Mr. Trump’s suggestion that the Paris accord could be altered.

“We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris Agreement cannot be renegotiated since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” the leaders of the three countries said.




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