EMMANUEL Macron and his government have warned teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg’s “radical” stance risked “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 to ward off global warming.
The Swedish 16-year old green icon tore into world leaders at a UN climate summit on Monday.
In an emotional speech she 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.
But stung by this, President Macron slam Greta’s attack, 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 government weighed in to defend Macron, with
Meanwhile education minister Jean-Michel Blanquer added: “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.”
Ecological transition minister Brune Poirson also warned: “You cannot mobilise with despair, almost hatred.”
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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[/caption]
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