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French president excoriates Trump in English over US withdrawal from climate deal

French President Emmanuel Macron delivered a stinging rebuke to US President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw the US from the Paris Agreement on climate change on June 1. Following is a transcript of the video.

Today the president of the United States, Donald Trump, announced his decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris agreement. I do respect his decision, but I do think it is an actual mistake both the US and for our planet. I just said to President Trump in a few words, a few minutes ago, this assessment: Tonight I wish to tell the United States — France believes in you, the world believes in you. I know that you are a great nation. I know your history — our common history.

To all scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, responsible citizens who were disappointed by the decision of the president of the United States, I want to say that they will find in France a second homeland. I call on them — come and work here with us. To work together on concrete solutions for our climate, our environment. I can assure you France will not give up the fight. I reaffirm clearly that the Paris Agreement remains irreversible and will be implemented, not just by France, but by all the other nations.

Over the coming hours I will have the opportunity to speak with our main partners to define a common strategy and to launch new initiatives. I already know that I can count on them. I call on you to remain confident we will succeed because we are fully committed.

Because wherever we live, whoever we are, we all share the same responsibility: Make our planet great again. Thank you.

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