Francois Hollande had a swipe at Donald Trump saying he 'didn't understand' climate change
The controversial businessman recently tweeted the concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese to make US manufacturing non-competitive.
Mr Hollande added that climate change doubters were “obviously misinformed” about the overwhelming impacts of global warming.
Speaking during a joint press conference with his Colombian counterpart Juan Manuel Santos in Bogota, Mr Hollande added that the “historic” Paris agreement was a turning point in the fight against global warming and a major step in the right direction which must be respected.
The 2015 Paris Agreement was agreed in December 2015 by almost 200 countries and officially came into force in November.
Trump recently tweeted that climate change was created by the Chinese to damage US manufacturing
It seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels in the second half of the century, limiting the rise in average world temperatures to below 2.0 degrees Celsius above preindustrial times.
The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the world
He said: “The year 2016 was marked by a string of natural catastrophes: floods, droughts, earthquakes… The effects of human-induced climate change are being felt in every corner of the world. I don’t understand global warming dissenters; because there is tangible evidence of man-made climate change everywhere you look.”
The Paris accord seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels
In a thinly veiled threat aimed at Mr Trump, who has repeatedly pledged to pull the US out of the global agreement, the outgoing president added that world leaders had to make sure that “everyone respected their commitments made under the Paris accord”.
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Mr Santos, for his part, said that those who failed to respect the ‘irreversible’ agreement on climate change would be “held accountable” for their mistakes.