Greta Thunberg Is ‘Likely To Antagonise Societies’ Emmanuel Macron Warns
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French President Emmanuel Macron warned that Greta Thunberg is ‘radical’ and will likely ‘antagonise societies’ after she filed a lawsuit against France and four other countries over their greenhouse gas emissions.
The Swedish environmental activist, 16, who made a passionate speech as she addressed world leaders at the Climate Action Summit 2019 in New York on Monday, filed a complaint with the United Nations.
Thunberg tweeted that she was accusing five countries of violating human rights by not taking adequate action to cut greenhouse gas levels to the goal set in 2015 by the Paris climate agreement.
The petition named five countries – Germany, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina and France – under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, a 30-year-old widely ratified treaty.
However, in response Macron told Europe 1 that Thunberg’s decision was ‘very radical’ and would likely ‘antagonize societies’ and did not feel like France was ‘blocking’ climate action.
‘All the movements of our youth — or our not-so-young — are helpful,’ he said. ‘But they must now focus on those who are furthest away, those who are seeking to block the way,’ he said.
The head of state also said he didn’t feel ‘that the French government nor the German government, currently, were blocking the way.’