France says won't support Mercosur given Brazil president's climate comments

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron arrives to welcome Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before a meeting at the Chateau of Chantilly, near Paris, France August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Pool

PARIS (Reuters) - Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro was lying when he played down concerns about climate change at the G20 summit in Japan in June, said French President Emmanuel Macron’s office on Friday, as Brazil and France continued to clash over the issue.

Macron’s office added that, given this context, France would be opposed to the EU-Mercosur farming deal struck between the European Union and the Mercosur countries of Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay.

On Thursday, Macron and U.N. Secretary General António Guterres expressed concerns about wildfires raging through the Amazon, but Bolsonaro responded angrily to what he regarded as meddling.

Reporting by Marine Pennetier; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta and Alison Williams