French president invites American climate scientists to take refuge in France

Macron went on to openly invite the U.S. researchers to come to France and work with like-minded French colleagues on creating long-term solutions to climate change.

Lila Alexander | Jun 05, 2017

French president Emmanuel Macron has a message for U.S. climate scientists who feel disillusioned by the White House's lack of support: They are welcome to come to France. One hour after Donald Trump announced that he was taking the United States out of the international climate deal, Macron delivered a speech expressing solidarity with climate researchers in the United States.

"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," he said.

Macron went on to openly invite the U.S. researchers to come to France and work with like-minded French colleagues on creating long-term solutions to climate change. He emphasized the two nations' shared historical legacies and the potential for common ground.

"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," he said.

Macron delivered his speech in a live-stream from the Elysee Palace with the flags of France and the European Union as backdrops.

Macron had called Trump on Thursday and told him that the United States would not be able to renegotiate the climate deal after leaving it. He told his U.S. counterpart that France would no longer discuss climate issues with the United States, although it would continue to work with the United States on other matters.

The French president had reportedly irked Trump even before Trump's Wednesday declaration when the two shook hands on May 29th and Macron gripped him firmly for a full six seconds; he ostensibly did so to thwart Trump's habit of yanking world leaders' arms into him when he shakes hands with them.

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