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France jabs Trump by wooing climate scientists

Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 02:02

A new website launched by French President Emmanuel Macron, ''makeourplanetgreatagain.fr'' directly hits at U.S. President Donald Trump by attempting to lure climate change scientists and students with promises of research grants and work visas. Matthew Larotonda reports.

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(SOUNDBITE) (English) FRENCH PRESIDENT EMMANUEL MACRON, SAYING: "Responsible citizens who were dissappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say they will find in France a second homeland." French president Emmanuel Macron taking a direct swipe at American counterpart Donald Trump with the launch of a website aimed at luring climate scientists and students to France. With work visas and research grants on offer. The not-so-subltly named "Make our planet great again" website includes this message from Macron, recorded on the day Trump pulled the United States out of the Paris Climate Agreement. Over 190 countries agreed to the accord when it was signed in 2015. The site, which is entirely in English, isn't specifically for Americans but the target is clear. Info for potential candidates includes benefits for families looking to make the move. Among the enticements: French work permits for spouses, public schooling for children, and a reminder that French university tuition fees are much lower than those in the United States. Macron's only been in office for about a month, but he appears to be positioning himself as a potential alternative to Trump on the world stage. As a candidate, Macron often made veiled criticisms of the American and called on businesses to shift ties to Paris as Trump took a protectionist tone at home. Macron wasn't as confrontational when he met Trump for the first time last month, even stating the two had a lot of common ground. But this awkward, white knuckled handshake between the two leaders also stood out. Macron later saying it was a deliberate move to counter Trump's trademark aggressive handshakes. Now researchers who visit "Make our planet great again" will have to apply for consideration. Every one that gets approved, another small slight aimed in the direction of the White House.

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France jabs Trump by wooing climate scientists

Thursday, June 08, 2017 - 02:02