French President Emmanuel Macron issued a fiery reaction to the Brazilian president Bolsonsaro for comments on social media that seemed to mock the appearance of French first lady Brigitte Macron.
"He made incredibly disrespectful comments about him to my husband – what can I tell you?" Macron said at a press conference Monday, asking about Bolsonroro's remarks. "It's sad. It's sad. But it's first of all for him and the Brazilian people."
The French president's remarks came on the last day of the annual meeting of the group of seven leaders in Biarritz, France, where the topic of violent fires in the Amazon have drawn criticism of the Brazilian government and a pledge from world leaders to launch a $ 20 million fund to help protect rainforests.
Bolsonaro, once a decisive politician, came to power last year after turning to nationalist is moody, calling international criticism of his government by European nations a reflection of "colonialist mentality."
But the Brazilian president pushed a political dispute into personal territory Sunday when he appeared to confirm a meme from a supporter comparing the appearance of French first lady, 67, with Brazil's first lady, Michel Bolsonaro, 37.
On Saturday, a supporter of the Brazilian president posted a photo of the two ders and their wives on Bolsonaro's official Facebook page, with a comment that suggests that Macron is jealous of Bolsonaro.
In response, Bolsonaro replied with a laugh and wrote, "Do not disturb the boy."
The comment quickly went viral. in both the French and Brazilian media, with widespread criticism of Bolsonaro's remarks. Felipe Neto, a popular Brazilian comedian, called the remarks disgusting and pathetic.
French news agency Agence France-Presse reports a spokesman for Brazil's presidential palace declined to comment on whether Bolsonaro wrote the answer himself.
Speaking on Monday, Macron said: "So, I myself think that Brazilian women are probably ashamed to read this by their president. I believe that the Brazilian people, who are great people, are a little ashamed of these kinds of behavior.
“I have a lot of friendship and respect for the Brazilian people, I hope very soon they will have a president who acts as one. "
Michel Bolsonaro, the third wife of the Brazilian president and his former parliamentary secretary, is 27 years younger than her husband, who is 64. Age differences are roughly reversed in the relationship of the French president, where the 41-year-old the old Emmanuel Macron is 24 years younger than his former teacher Brigitte.
The son of Bolognaro Eduardo, a Member of Parliament who has been named a potential Brazilian ambassador to the United States, has also sought the last day by the French president by sharing a video on Twitter last Thursday that he calls Macron an idiot and wrote on Sunday that the French president is desperate for popularity .
Quentin Aries in Brussels contributed to this report.