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France cleverly rebuts Trump’s bogus justification for Paris Accord withdrawal

French President Macron invites American scientists, business people and citizens to “come and work here with us”.

No 1972 Posted by fw, June 4, 2017

Below is an abridged repost of an article published yesterday by Phys.org on France’s response to Denier-in-Chief Trump’s trumped up reasons for pulling out of the Paris Accord. The post includes a link to Trump’s video tweet plus an embedded 40-second video of France’s annotated recycled version. Still images of each frame on the video appear at the bottom of the post to accommodate those who, like me, may have difficulty reading the content as it flashes by in the video.

To read the full Phys.org piece and watch the video, click on the following linked title.

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France ‘corrects’ White House video on climate pact facts by Phys.org, June 3, 2017

President Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron has invited American scientists, business people and citizens who are frustrated by the White House’s stance on climate change to “come and work here with us” on finding a solution to the crisis.

In an unusual move, France’s foreign ministry on Friday issued a pointed fact-check of Donald Trump’s claims about the UN’s Paris climate agreement.

The ministry issued a tweet with an embedded link to a video that amounted to a wry but very public rebuttal of Trump’s assertions.

On Thursday, the White House had tweeted, “The Paris Accord is a bad deal for Americans,” and linked to a video which said the agreement “undermines” US competitiveness and jobs, was “badly negotiated” by former president Barack Obama and “accomplishes little.”

In its response, the foreign ministry tweeted, “We’ve seen the @WhiteHouse video about the #ParisAccord. We disagree—so we’ve changed it.”

Its own [40-second] video uses the same format—background, font, images and music—as the White House version but adds facts to debunk the White House claims.

On Thursday, he [Macron] released a video in English as well as French in which he criticized Trump for pulling out of the Paris accord and coined the “Make our planet great again” slogan.

He also invited American scientists, business people and citizens who are frustrated by the White House’s stance to “come and work here with us” on finding a solution to the climate crisis. “They will find in France a second homeland,” Macron said.

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Captured images from France’s rebuttal video

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