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Emmanuel Macron Hits Back After 'Extraordinarily Rude' Comments About His Wife

Fires, feuds and failed meetings have defined a summit between the world's most powerful leaders.

The G7 Summit in Biarritz, France focused on climate change and the environment -- especially the wildfires burning massive sections of the Amazon rainforest.

French President Emmanuel Macron announced G7 nations would pledge $30 million to fight the wildfires, but that didn't quell his feud with Brazillian President Jair Bolsonaro over the out-of-control inferno posing a risk to one of the world's most biodiverse areas.

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An aerial view of the forest fire of the Amazon. August 23. Photo: Reuters

Macron and Bolsonaro are currently at odds over how the fires have been managed by Brazilian authorities. Heated discussions between the pair over social media have seen Macron calling for urgent action over the burning of the forest he's called "the lungs of the earth". Bolsonaro hit back suggesting Macron was using domestic Brazillian affairs for his own political gain.

The feud, however, has now turned personal.

Macron has labelled Bolsonaro "extraordinarily rude" after he endorsed a Facebook post about his wife. The post referenced the ages of the two leaders and their wives.

At 66-years-old Brigitte Macron in 25 years older than her husband (who is 41) which is almost identical to the age gap between Bolsonaro, 64, and his wife Michelle, 37.

Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron. Photo: Reuters.

The Facebook post suggested Macron is at odds with Bolsonaro due to the age of his wife rather than the climate.

“Now you understand why Macron is persecuting Bolsonaro?" the post said.

“Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha,” Bolsonaro replied, referring to Macron.

When asked about the comments during the G7 Summit on Monday, Macron condemned them, suggesting Bolsonaro is not fit to be Brazil's leader.

Bolsonaro and his wife Michelle. Photo: Getty Images.

“He said very disrespectful things about my wife, I have great respect for the Brazilian people and can only hope they soon have a president who is up to the job,” Macron said.

“Brazilian women are probably feeling ashamed of their president."

That's not the only controversy that's graced the G7 over the weekend. U.S. President Donald Trump also attracted attention for his inaction in Biarritz when he failed to attend a meeting on climate, biodiversity and oceans.

A vacant seat between Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi and Chilean president Sebastian Pinera where Trump was supposed to sit left a gaping hole at the table.

Trump's vacant seat at a meeting regarding climate. Photo: Reuters.

When asked why Trump didn't attend the meeting, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham said he had “scheduled meetings and bilaterals with Germany and India, so a senior member of the administration attended in his stead”.

But German's Chancellor Angela Merkel and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi were both present at the climate meeting, raising questions about why Trump really skipped it and what he was doing during that time.

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison also attended the meeting together with leaders from Burkina Faso, Chile, Rwanda, Senegal, South Africa and some global organisations.

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Trump's absence only added to speculation about his commitment to combatting climate change. Trump pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord in 2017 and has previously dubbed it a "hoax".

Both Merkel and Modi attended the meeting, despite Trump saying he had engagements with them at the same time. Photo: Twitter/Narendra Modi.

Emmanuel Macron confirmed that Trump did not attend the meeting but assured other leaders Trump "shared our objectives” and was “fully engaged”  in the push to extinguish Brazil's wildfires.

Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au