Macron gives France’s highest honor to Randolfe, leader of the opposition to Bolsonaro – 11/25/2021 – Mônica Bergamo

After French President Emmannuel Macron received Lula (PT) at the Eliseu Palace, in Paris, with the honors of head of State, the French government will hand over the country’s highest honor to senator Randolfe Rodrigues (Rede-AP).

The Légion d’honneur, the highest distinction in France and one of the most famous decorations in the world​, will be presented to the parliamentarian on 6 December. The ceremony will take place at the French embassy in Brasília.

Leader of the opposition in the Senate, the congressman was the vice president of Covid’s CPI and is one of the biggest opponents of Jair Bolsonaro’s government.

Besides him, the president of Fiocruz, Nísia Trindade Lima, and Sister Rosane Ghedin were also nominated to receive the honor.

The French government claims that the award is in recognition of the parliamentarian’s role in confronting Covid-19 in Brazil —Randolfe was the vice president of Covid’s CPI— and for his “fervent defense” of the environment and the Paris Agreement, “as illustrated by his strong commitment to the struggle for the preservation of reserves in the Amazon” and his “relentless dedication to the development of the neighboring regions of Amapá and French Guiana.”

Since 1802, the honor has been granted to former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso, José Sarney and Juscelino Kubitschek, to writer Paulo Coelho, Dom Pedro 2º and Marechal Rondon, among other Brazilian personalities.

The awarding of the decoration to Randolfe will take place after Bolsonaro called the meeting between Lula and Macron a “provocation”, saying that the PT and the French president “speak the same language”.

“Macron was always against us, and he always hit us on the Amazon issue. As if he had preserved something, he and his predecessors had preserved something in France. It seems a provocation, yes,” said Bolsonaro, in interview with Sociedade da Bahia radio.

“France is not an example for us, much less your Macron. Your Macron is very well accompanied by Lula, and Lula, very well accompanied by your Macron. They understand each other, speak the same language.”


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