PARIS, Aug. 22 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, has described as an “international crisis” the increase in fires in the Amazon rainforest and has announced that the leaders of the G7 will discuss the issue at the summit scheduled for this weekend in Biarritz.
“Our house burns. Literally. The Amazon, the lung of our planet and that produces 20 percent of our oxygen is on fire,” Macron warned, in a Twitter message in which he invited the leaders of the G7 to “talk about this urgency”.
The French Foreign Minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, has also expressed concern in a statement in which he recalled the “determining role” that tropical forests play in the fight against climate change, of which France is one of His flaggers.
In this regard, he has warned that fires that mainly affect Brazil have an “unprecedented” magnitude and has pointed out that these fires have been accentuated “by deforestation and the conversion of forest areas into agricultural land.”