France Trolls Trump With 'Corrected' Video On Paris Climate Accord


The French have again jabbed the Trump administration, this time with a clever “corrected” version of a White House video explaining why Donald Trump is yanking America out of the Paris climate accord.

A quick day after the White House posted its video on YouTube complaining about imagined loss of jobs and American fortunes if the U.S. stuck with the pact, the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs posted an “edited” version with what officials believe are the actual facts of the matter.

“We’ve seen the White House video about the Paris Accord,” says the tweet from the ministry. “We disagree — so we’ve changed it.” The new video changes things like “The Paris Accord is a bad deal for America” to “Leaving the Paris Accord is a bad deal for America — and the world.”

For the section in the U.S. version claiming that the pact would cost the U.S. economy 6.5 million industrial sector jobs,” the French version adds: “Many major U.S. companies from all sectors, such as Exxon Mobile, Schneider Electric or Microsoft, disagree.”

While the White House video claims the pact was “badly negotiated” by the Obama administration, the French video says it was “comprehensively negotiated.”

The modified video shows off a deft and clever command of the english language. The fact that it is in english is a clear attempt to communicate with Americans, and in a style very different from the president’s.

The video is the latest sign that French President Emmanuel Macron — whom the BBC has described as the “anti-Trump” and a master at communication — could be the vying for the most captivating leader of the free world as Trump retreats to the White House, eschewing the world stage.

Macron’s televised speech Thursday quickly criticized Trump’s decision to withdraw from the accord and coined the phrase — in a clear dig at the president — to “make the planet great again.” Again, he did so in english. It was the first english address in history to be delivered from the Elysee Palace.

He also offered refuge in France to U.S. climate scientists, and criticized Trump’s “error for the interests of his country, his people and a mistake for the future of our planet.”

He added: “Don’t be mistaken on climate; there is no plan B because there is no planet B.” 

Here’s the “uncorrected” American version of the video:

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