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Macron Responds To Trump: 'Make Our Planet Great Again' (Video)

| by Kathryn Schroeder

French President Emmanuel Macron is offering Americans who do not agree with President Donald Trump's decision to leave the Paris Agreement on climate change refuge in France (video below).

Macron, speaking from the Elysee Palace in Paris, live streamed a speech on Facebook on June 1 after Trump announced that the U.S. will pull out of the Paris Agreement.

"Climate change is one of the major issues of our time," the French president said. "It is already changing our daily lives, but it is global. Everyone is impacted, and if we do nothing, our children will know a world of migrations, of wars, of shortage. A dangerous world."

Macron notes that such a future is not what we want for ourselves, our children or our world. He then addressed Trump's decision directly.

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"Today, the president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris Agreement," he continued. "I do respect this decision, but I do think it is an actual mistake -- both for the U.S. and for our planet."

Macron then recalled what he said to Trump just minutes before his speech.

He continued: "Tonight I wish to tell the United States: France believes in you, the world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history, our common history."

Macron then extended an offer to American citizens who do not agree with Trump's climate change policies.

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"To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland," Macron said. "I call on them: come and work here with us to work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you France will not give up the fight."

Macron then reaffirmed that the Paris Agreement remains irreversible, and will be implemented by France and all other nations that have signed on. 

The Paris Agreement was signed by 195 nations, according to CNN.

After hearing the news of the U.S. leaving, China -- the world's largest carbon emitter -- said it will stand by its commitments to the Paris Agreement.

When Trump made his announcement from the White House on June 1 to leave the global deal, he said he was open to renegotiating parts of the agreement that he says place "draconian" financial burdens on Americans.

"We want fair treatment," Trump said. "We don't want other countries and other leaders to laugh at us anymore."

"We're getting out," he said. "And we will start to renegotiate and we'll see if there's a better deal. If we can, great. If we can't, that's fine."

The UN body that facilitated the agreement said the deal is not renegotiable by the request of a single party.

Macron, ending his address, took Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again," and applied it to climate change initiatives.

"Make our planet great again," the French president said.

Sources: Emmanuel Macron/Facebook, CNN / Photo credit: Official Leweb Photos/Flickr

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