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The G7 summit starts with Biarritz with Brexit, the environment and the commercial war as backdrops

August 24, 2019

MADRID, Aug. 24 (EUROPE PRESS) –

The French city of Biarritz is preparing to host the G7 summit on Saturday in the middle of three open fronts: the commercial war between the US, which this week has seen a new escalation, and the huge fire declared for almost a month in the Amazonas, intricate in the agenda of the fight against climate change that all the leaders of the group defend except the man who will once again be the protagonist of the event, the president of the United States, Donald Trump.

The US president has been felt even in full flight to France. A few hours ago, on his Twitter account, Trump has threatened to impose new tariffs on French wines in retaliation against Paris' intentions to apply a tax directed at large American technology companies.

Trump has admitted that he is not a “big fan” of technology companies, but that, however, these companies “are American and frankly I don't want France to devote itself to taxing our companies.” “And if they do, we will apply tariffs to their wine as we have never done before,” he added.

Trump is also expected to comment in depth on another recent threat: that of ordering US companies to generally abandon their trade agreements with China, after a new mutual rise in tariffs.

Another great protagonist will be Boris Johnson. The brand new British prime minister will take advantage of his visit to continue communicating to his international counterparts his plans for the future of the United Kingdom's departure from the European Union, which the president intends to declare on the deadline of October 31 with or without agreement with the Brussels authorities, with the danger to the economy that this could pose.

On the issue of the environment, the president of France, Emmanuel Macron, is expected to once again exhibit his facet of a European leader against climate change after the confrontation he has starred this week with the Brazilian president, Jair Bolsonaro, whom he has accused of inaction before the monumental fire that is devastating the Amazon rainforest.

Bolsonaro, on the other hand, has criticized that Macron has labeled him a “liar” for the alleged divergences in environmental matters and has accused him of spreading “photos of the last century” to create alarm.

“I regret that a head of state like that of France addresses the Brazilian president as a liar,” Bolsonaro said in his Twitter account, in apparent allusion to criticism poured from Paris in recent hours by fires in the Amazon.

“Taking into account the attitude of Brazil in recent weeks, the president of the Republic can only verify that President Bolsonaro lied to him during the G20 summit in Osaka” last June, the Gala Presidency said this Friday . Paris believes that Bolsonaro “has decided not to respect its climate commitments or commit to biodiversity.”

Trump, however, is a declared skeptic of climate change and is considered an ally of the Brazilian right-wing president.