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The environmental issue is sure to be a hot topic, since the fires in the Brazilian Amazon, which accounts for more than half of the world's largest rain forest, have surged in number by 83 percent this year, according to government data, destroying vast swaths of a vital bulwark against global climate change.
French President Emmanuel Macron called for G7 leaders to discuss the environmental crisis in Brazil at a summit this weekend in the French coastal resort of Biarritz. France and Ireland threatened to oppose an EU trade deal struck in June with the regional Mercosur bloc of countries including Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay, following Brazil's response.
Hours ahead of the G7 meeting, Macron said on Twitter "our house is on fire", calling for members of the summit to act.