Sunday 22 October 2017

Macron teams up with Schwarzeneggar to take swipe at Trump

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) is greeted by French President Emmanuel Macron (L) upon his arrival at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
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Former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzeneggar has teamed up French President Emmanuel Macron in a new video pledging to make "the planet great again" in a swipe at US President Donald Trump.

Both Mr Macron and Mr Schwarzeneggar are known for their outspoken criticism of Mr Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate change agreement.

The historic 2015 agreement signed by 195 countries and ratified by 147 aims to reduce carbon emissions and contain global warming. But after Mr Trump withdrew US participation, it will no longer include the world's second largest polluter.

Mr Macron - who along with a number of other European leaders has decried the decision to have America withdraw from the deal - has called on US scientists to emigrate to France. He has needled Mr Trump by using the phrase "Make our planet great again" - a riff on the US President's campaign slogan of "Make America great again".

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) speaks with Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) speaks with Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron as he leaves the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

As for Mr Schwarzeneggar, he is a noted supporter of climate-friendly policies and in a video posted earlier this month he said that "one man cannot destroy our progress".

In the latest video - viewed nearly 1.5 million times - Mr Schwarzenegger said that he and Mr Macron had been “talking about environmental issues and a green future” together.

The footage was posted on Twitter with the former film star and California governor saying he was “truly honoured” to meet Mr Macron, adding that the pair would “work together for a clean energy future”.

The 10-second clip runs for the full duration with the caption: “With President Macron, a great leader!”

It ends with Macron bringing out his new catchphrase: “We will deliver together to make the planet great again.”

Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as he leaves after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron as he leaves after a meeting at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

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