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G7 to give $22m to help fight fires in Amazon, Bolsonaro doesn't want it

Christian Fernsby |
International leaders at the G7 summit have agreed to provide logistical and financial support to help fight fires in the Amazon rainforest.

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French President Emmanuel Macron said G7 countries would release $22m.

However, President Jair Bolsonaro said Macron's plan of an "alliance" to "save" the Amazon treated Brazil "as if we were a colony or no man's land".

A record number of fires is burning in Brazil, mostly in the Amazon, according to the country's space research agency.

The funding pledge was announced as the leaders of the G7 continue to meet in Biarritz, France.

Macron said the funds would be made available "immediately" primarily to pay for more fire-fighting planes and that France would also "offer concrete support with military in the region within the next few hours".

Bolsonaro accused the French leader of launching "unreasonable and gratuitous attacks against the Amazon region", and "hiding his intentions behind the idea of an 'alliance' of G7 countries".

Despite Bolsonaro's comments, his environment minister, Ricardo Salles, told reporters that the funding was welcome, Reuters news agency reports.