Students hold posters as they rally towards the Consulate of Brazil to protest against President Jair Bolsonaro because of environmental hazard, wildfires and deforestation of the Amazon, in Kolkata on August 26, 2019. / AFP / Dibyangshu SARKAR
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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has insulted adversaries and allies, disparaged women, blacks and homosexuals, and even praised his country's 1964-1985 dictatorship.French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday continued his feud with Bolsonaro, who had endorsed a Facebook post insulting Macron's wife.Bolsonaro has previously described rainforest protections as an obstacle to Brazil's economic development.German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country and others will talk with Brazil about reforestation in the Amazon once the fires have been extinguished.That is an 85% rise over last year, and about half of the fires have been in the Amazon region.Merkel noted Bolsonaro is putting "significant forces" into the effort to save the rainforest.But Bolsonaro has had a tense relationship with foreign governments -- including Germany's -- and non-governmental groups that he accuses of meddling in his country's management of the Amazon.
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