This satellite image provided by NASA shows the fires in Brazil on Aug. 20, 2019. As fires raged in the Amazon rainforest, the government denounced critics who say President Jair Bolsonaro is not doing enough.
Brazil's ultra-right president, Jair Bolsonaro, is accusing his French counterpart of having a "colonialist mentality" for saying the Amazon wildfires should be at the top of the Group of Seven (G-7) summit agenda.
"The French president's suggestion that Amazon issues be discussed at the G-7 without participation by the countries in the region evoke a colonialist mentality that is out of place in the 21st century," Bolsonaro tweeted Thursday.
He said countries that send money to Brazil for the Amazon are not doing it out of charity but "with the aim of interfering with our sovereignty."
Thousands of wildfires burning in the Amazon rainforest threaten to wipe out large parts of a vital and irreplaceable ecosystem. "Our house is burning. Literally," French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted Thursday. "The Amazon rainforest, the lungs which produces 20% of our planet's oxygen, is on fire. It is an international crisis."
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