Emmanuel Macron has condemned his Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro for “extraordinarily disrespectful comments” about his wife as a clash between the two over the Amazon turned personal.
In a post on Jair Bolsonaro’s Facebook page, a user insulted the French first lady, Brigitte, by comparing her appearance with that of the Brazilian president’s wife, Michelle, implying that the younger woman was more attractive.
The supporter suggested Mr Macron was jealous, and that that was why he was “persecuting” the Brazilian leader.
When asked for his response by reporters at the G7 summit in Biarritz, Mr Macron said: “He has made some extraordinarily rude comments about my wife.
“What can I tell you? It’s sad. It’s sad for him and for Brazilians. I think that Brazilian women are probably ashamed to read that their president has done that.”
“I think that Brazilians, a great people, are a bit ashamed of this behaviour,” the French president added. “As I have a lot of friendship and respect for the Brazilian people, I hope that they will quickly have a president who is up to the job.”