More fires now burning in Central Africa than in the Amazon


"We will straightaway offer Amazonian countries that signal to us their needs, financial support of at least up to 20 million euros ($22 million)", said Macron, who is locked in a war of words with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro.

"We think that it's not the moment to turn down money", Flávio Dino, the governor of Maranhao state, told reporters after a meeting in which Bolsonaro pledged to agree on a package of legislative measures with the states by September 5 to help prevent the surge in forest fires happening again.

The caption read: "Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?"

French television covers the controversial Facebook exchange.

"This is sad", Macron said.

French President Emmanuel Macron has lashed out at his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for endorsing "rude" remarks about his wife. "What does he intend to teach our country?"

"We must respond to the call of the forest which is burning today in the Amazon", Macron said Monday.

Rather. he said, Latin American countries should "guarantee our sovereignty and natural wealth" in regards the Amazon. But Brazil's President appears to have hit back at Mr Macron, by insulting his wife, Brigitte Macron's, appearance online.

"He had extremely disrespectful comments towards my wife", Macron said, while speaking at the G7 summit in Biarritz, France. "Did I?" Bolsonaro said when questioned about Lorenzoni's comments.

The two leaders likened the Amazon to the "lungs" of the planet.

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Macron tweeted of the Amazon blazes: "Our house is literally on fire", calling it a global crisis and criticising Brazil's management of the Amazon. "This money, when it enters the country, will have the total governance of the Brazilian people", Barros said.

The $5 million fund will be dispersed between these five local organizations: Instituto Associacao Floresta Protegida (Kayapo), Coordination of the Indigenous Organizations of the Brazilian Amazon (COIAB), Instituto Kabu (Kayapo), Instituto Raoni (Kayapo) and Instituto Socioambiental (ISA).

"The sensationalist tone with which he refers to the Amazon, appealing even to fake photos, does nothing to solve the problem".

The Amazon Rainforest spans eight countries including Brazil, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, and French Guiana.

Mr Macron insisted that France respected Brazil's sovereignty, but insisted the Amazon fires was a global issued and said "we can not allow you to destroy everything". Two military aircrafts dropped tens of thousands of litres of water over this area.

Image caption: Fire consumes a field along the BR 070 highway near Cuiaba, Mato Grosso state, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 25, 2019.

Bolsonaro's government has found itself under increasing global pressure over its Amazon policies even before the major fires broke out earlier this month.

He also accused the Brazilian leader of lying to him about his commitments to fighting climate change.

Here's a look at some of the numbers that define the fires burning in the Amazon this week. The French president earlier on Tuesday said the Amazon, while mostly Brazilian, was a world issue.