RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If social media is to be believed, French President Emmanuel Macron’s journey to Brazil that…

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — If social media is to be believed, French President Emmanuel Macron’s journey to Brazil that ended Thursday left him swooning.

Pictures confirmed him and his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, ambling via the Amazon and posing beneath the hovering cover in white button-down shirts. Then there they had been once more, standing shut and clasping palms on a ship as Macron regarded adoringly at Lula, each leaders’ faces lit by a delicate solar.

There had been hugs and handshakes aplenty; smiles and selfies, too. Lula on Thursday bestowed the best honor for a non-citizen on Macron, draping a medal round his neck.

Brazilian social media wolfed up the bonhomie with gusto, and customers posted pictures of the duo that many mentioned regarded extra like a marriage album than a state go to. On the final night of his journey, Macron joined in.

“Some folks in contrast the photographs of my go to to Brazil with these of a marriage, and I say to them: It was a marriage!” he posted on X together with a photograph of himself and Lula photoshopped onto the film poster from “La La Land” rather than Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. “France loves Brazil and Brazil loves France!”

Lula replied to his put up with the flags of their two nations and an emoji of swirling hearts.

Their assembly represented one thing of a rapprochement after relations soured between Macron and Lula’s predecessor, far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, as Amazon deforestation surged to a 15-year excessive on his watch.

And throughout 2023, the primary 12 months of his newest presidential time period, Lula irked European leaders with claims that each Ukraine and Russia had determined to go to warfare and that the U.S. and European Union had been “stimulating” the preventing. That drew sharp rebukes from each.

Macron’s absence had additionally been seen on the Amazon Summit within the Brazilian metropolis of Belem final 12 months. He as a substitute despatched France’s ambassador to Brazil, representing its Amazonian territory of French Guiana. Deforestation in Lula’s first 12 months in workplace fell by about half, to a five-year low.

The first day of Macron’s go to took him exactly to Belem, which can host the COP30 local weather convention in 2025. He and Lula introduced a plan to spend 1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in the Amazon, together with components of the rainforest in French Guiana. The subsequent day, they launched a submarine constructed with French expertise at a shipyard exterior Rio de Janeiro.

It wasn’t all roses. Addressing executives in Sao Paulo, Macron criticized the commerce deal that Lula is pushing for the EU and South America’s Mercosur bloc, saying it’s “terrible” and outdated and desires transforming to take local weather change under consideration. Macron has been essentially the most outspoken amongst European leaders in opposing the commerce deal.

Lula informed reporters Thursday that the proposal because it stands is rather more promising.

Before Macron’s departure, Lula gifted him with 5 of Brazil’s greatest cheeses, in order that “he can inform me what he considered them,” the Brazilian chief wrote Thursday night time on X.

Macron, for his half, didn’t instantly remark.

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