Greta Thunberg’s ‘radical’ climate change stance risks ‘depressing’ an entire generation of teenagers, French President Emmanuel Macron warns

Greta Thunberg’s ‘radical’ climate change stance risks ‘depressing’ an entire generation of teenagers, French President Emmanuel Macron warns

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EMMANUEL Macron and his government have warned teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s “radical” stance risks “depressing a generation”.

The French president and his ministers made the comments at a UN climate summit, after she singled out France for not doing enough about global warming. 

The French leader laid into Greta at the UN
The French leader laid into Greta at the UN
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Furious... Greta Thunberg tore into world leaders at a UN climate summit
Furious… Greta is viewed as a hero among eco-warriors
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The Swedish 16-year old green icon tore into world leaders at the UN summit on Monday.

In an emotional speech, Greta said: “I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean.

“Yet you all come to us for hope.

“How dare you. You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words.

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction and yet all you can talk about is money. You are failing us.”

Such very radical positions are liable to antagonise our societies


French President Emmanuel Macron

The same day, she and 15 other young activists filed a complaint at the UN against five countries, including France, for failing to play their part in fighting climate change. 

Stung by this, Mr Macron hit back at Greta saying: “There are lots of citizen’s actions that are useful. 

“Here, such very radical positions are liable to antagonise our societies.”

He denied the “French or German government” were blocking any green transition, adding they were “stopping our coal activities, our fossil fuel production”.

His education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer also weighed in, saying: “France is today a locomotive in [fighting climate change] and president Macron has done a lot on the issue.

“You mustn’t create a generation of depressed people over this issue.”

And ecological transition minister Brune Poirson warned: “You cannot mobilise with despair, almost hatred.”

Greta led a march of thousands of French students in Paris earlier this year
Greta led a march of thousands of French students in Paris earlier this year
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Yesterday Greta’s emotional UN speech was mocked by Donald Trump, who tweeted what appeared to be a sarcastic remark. 

He said:  “She seems like a very happy young girl looking forward to a bright and wonderful future. So nice to see!”

Trump’s tweet came after the campaigning young Swede was pictured glaring at the US President as he arrived at the summit.

Greta Thunberg gave Donald Trump a furious look as he arrived at the UN climate action summit on Monday
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Greta Thunberg gave Donald Trump a furious look as he arrived at the UN climate action summit on Monday[/caption]


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