In An Unprecedented Move, French President Macron Responds To Trump's Decision On The Paris Agreement In English

"Make our planet great again."

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that he plans to withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement, adding he was open to negotiating the terms. The decision drew concern and criticism from many Americans and others around the world.

The leaders of France, Germany, and Italy released a joint statement asserting their belief that the agreement "cannot be renegotiated, since it is a vital instrument for our planet, societies and economies."

Trump declared in his speech that he was "elected to represent the citizens of Pittsburgh, not Paris." The mayor of Pittsburgh, which voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, has already responded to this statement on Twitter, stressing that the city "will follow the guidelines of the Paris Agreement for our people, our economy & future."

The president of France, Emmanuel Macron, also responded to Trump's decision on Thursday.

Macron, who took office a few weeks ago, made speeches in both French and English, sharing videos and quotes from both versions on his Twitter account. This decision is being called "unprecedented," as Macron is reportedly the first French president to deliver an address from the Elysée (the president's official residence) in English.

Several social media users made note of this historic moment when the statement was released.

Macron said he respected President Trump's decision, but believed it is a "mistake, both for the U.S., and for our planet." 

The leader went on to address the "scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision," telling them, "I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. I call on them, come, work and hear with us, to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment."

Macron ended his speech on an encouraging note, with a pointed play on Donald Trump's campaign slogan: "We will succeed, because we are fully committed, because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make our planet great again."

(H/T: The Telegraph)


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