French President Emmanuel Macron has said that US President Donald Trump has made a historic error by quitting the Paris climate agreement. He has asked US climate scientists and entrepreneurs to work in France. In a cheeky statement, Macron gave an adaptation of the nationalist slogan used by Trump on his election campaign trail, and asked the defenders of climate to “make our planet great again.” In a TV address, Macron said that he respected Trump’s decision, but added that ‘I do think it is an actual mistake both for the US and our planet.” Trump’s move was slammed by countries like Canada, the UK, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Norway, Iceland, the UN and former President Barack Obama.
Macron had said, “Climate change is one of the major issues of our time. It is already changing our daily lives but it is global.” Macron additionally called on “scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs (and) responsible citizens who were disappointed” by Trump’s move to make France their home. “I call on them, come, and work here with us. To work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you that France will not give up the fight.”
Watch what Macron said:
Macron earlier on Thursday joined German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni in dismissing Trump’s suggestion the Paris deal could be renegotiated. “We deem the momentum generated in Paris in December 2015 irreversible and we firmly believe that the Paris agreement cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies,” the BBC quoted the three leaders as saying in a joint statement.
Trump on Thursday announced the formal withdrawal of the US from the deal, fulfilling a pledge from his 2016 presidential campaign. Trump said, “In order to fulfil my solemn duty to protect America and its citizens, the US will withdraw from the Paris climate accord. The bottom line is that the Paris accord is very unfair at the highest level to the US. We are getting out, but we will start to negotiate and we will see if we can make a deal that is fair.” Meanwhile, Macron chose to directly address the American people. He said, “Tonight I wish to tell the US, France believes in you. The world believes in you. I know you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history.”
Interestingly, even he was running for the presidential campaign in February, Macron had told American academics and scientists from the US, who were at odds with the Trump administration, that they would find a refuge in France.