Bolsonaro's Cancelation of Meeting with French Minister Could Have Negative Effects on EU Trade Agreement

Cancelation of meeting irritated the Europeans

IGOR GIELOW LUCAS NEVES
São Paulo and Paris

President Jair Bolsonaro's (PSL) 12-minute live haircut on Monday (29) risks disrupting the pace of EU-Mercosur pact approval. The President was supposed to meet the French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian at the same time, but he canceled the meeting.

President Jair Bolsonaro. Foto: Alan Santos/PR

Diplomats linked to Le Drian's visit said he was annoyed to learn of Bolsonaro's visit to the hairdresser, although the President's administration alleged scheduling problems. In the past, the President expressed dissatisfaction with France's criticism of his government's environmental policy and the demand for Brazil to abide by the Paris Agreement.

Le Drian himself, in a recent interview with Folha, said he did not expect an official endorsement by Emmanuel Macron trade agreement before the end of 2020. The executive branch in all countries needs to ratify the text before it proceeds to the Legislative Powers.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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