August 22, 2019 / 8:52 PM / a month ago

France's Macron calls Amazon fires an international emergency

FILE PHOTO: French President Emmanuel Macron delivers a joint statement with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (not pictured) at the Chateau of Chantilly, near Paris, France August 22, 2019. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/Pool

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - French President Emmanuel Macron said on Thursday that the fires raging in the Amazon rain forest are an international emergency and called for the situation to be discussed at the G7 summit.

“The Amazon rain forest - the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen - is on fire. It is an international crisis. Members of the G7 Summit, let’s discuss this emergency,” Macron wrote on Twitter.

Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Editing by Sandra Maler

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