Macron blasts Brazil's Bolsonaro for 'incredibly disrespectful' remarks about his wife

French President Emanuel Macron on Monday vehemently denounced Jair Bolsonaro after the Brazilian president apparently mocked the appearance of France’s first lady on Facebook.

Macron delivered the remarks just days after a supporter of Bolsonaro posted a meme on the president’s Facebook page comparing the appearance of Macron’s wife, Brigitte Macron, unfavorably to that of Bolsonaro’s wife, Michelle Bolsonaro, and suggesting Macron was jealous.

A comment from Bolsonaro’s account read, “do not humiliate the guy… haha.”


“For him to have made incredibly disrespectful comments about my spouse — what can I say to you?” Macron said at a news conference on the final day of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit in Biarritz, France, according to reports.

Macron went on to call the remarks “sad for him and for Brazilians.”

“I think that Brazilian women are probably ashamed to read that their president has done that,” he said. "I think that Brazilians, a great people, are a bit ashamed of this behavior. As I have a lot of friendship and respect for the Brazilian people, I hope that they will quickly have a president who is up to the job."

The tiff comes as Bolsonaro's administration faces fierce international scrutiny about the surge in wildfires in the Amazon rainforest. Data from Brazil’s space research center, the National Institute for Space Research, shows that wildfires have risen to a record rate in the country, with a majority sparking in the Amazon region.

Macron said on Twitter last week that the fires were an “international crisis” and urged G-7 nations to discuss “the emergency” during the summit.

Bolsonaro responded by accusing Macron of trying to exploit the issue for political gain.

“The French President's suggestion that Amazonian issues be discussed at the G7 without the participation of the countries of the region evokes a misplaced colonialist mindset in the 21st century,” he said on Twitter last Thursday.

He accused Macron on Monday of leveling "unreasonable and gratuitous attacks on the Amazon," according to CNN

Macron announced on Monday that G-7 nations had agreed on a $20 million aid package to combat forest fires in the Amazon.

The Hill has reached out to Bolsonaro's office for comment.