The political-turned-personal row between French President Emmanuel Macron and Brazilian counterpart Jair Bolsonaro in 2019 over the ongoing Amazon wildfires has caused some at the top of Brazil’s military, recently tasked with identifying the main threats facing their country in the next 20 years, to offer a curious bad guy.
French diplomats jokingly responded to a leaked military report in which high-ranking Brazilian officials identified France as their country’s main strategic threat over the course of the next 20 years. The secret draft, titled “Defence Scenarios 2040”, was initially obtained by the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.
According to the outlet, the document contains answers from 500 respondents, mostly in the military, and is believed to have greatly contributed to the ongoing review of the nation’s defence strategy. The answers were allegedly recorded over the course of 11 meetings held during the second half of 2019, and are believed to reflect a general sentiment among the high-ranking members of the country’s forces.
In four strategic scenarios mentioned in the document, France was reportedly listed as the most consistent threat to Brazil, reflecting the deteriorating relationship between the two states following a political row for several weeks during summer 2019, between Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, over ongoing wildfires that have continued to rage in the Amazon…