With the protocol of head of State, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was received this Wednesday morning (17th) by the president of France, Emannuel Macron, at the Élysée Palace, in Paris. The meeting was closed and the meeting’s agenda was not disclosed to the press.
It is possible to imagine that Lula — who leads the polls for voting intentions for the 2022 elections — would talk to Macron about the troubled relationship between France and Brazil during the government of President Jair Bolsonaro (no party), who became a disaffected by the president French.
Macron does not hide his antipathy towards Bolsonaro and has used the president to show the French that his government is concerned about the environment, placing Brazilians as an example of lack of commitment to the environment.
The high point of tension between the two countries was when the Brazilian president scheduled an audience with Jean-Yves Le Drian, French Foreign Minister, in July 2019, and canceled the meeting to make a live, on his social networks , cutting hair.
Bolsonaro’s disrespect to the French minister did not come cheap. In August 2019, a month later, Macron invited Chile to be the South American representative at the G7 meeting, held in France.
During the meeting, Chilean President Sebastián Piñera was caught criticizing Bolsonaro in a chat with Macron. A day earlier, the Brazilian president had mocked the appearance of the French first lady, Brigitte Macron, when responding to a comment from an internet follower who compared her to Michelle Bolsonaro, the partner of the Brazilian president.
“Do you understand now why Macron hates Bolsonaro?”, asked the Pocketnarista in a Facebook post. Bolsonaro commented: “Don’t humiliate man. Hahahaha”. The Brazilian’s response generated a crisis between the two countries and Macron spoke with Piñera on the subject.
“I had to react, do you understand?” Macron asked Piñera. “I wanted to be peaceful, I wanted to be correct, constructive with the guy and respect his sovereignty. Everything is fine. But I couldn’t accept that. Sorry, that’s not a president’s attitude.” “I agree,” replied the Chilean.
Edition: Leandro Melito