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Diplomatic visit or wedding pics? Macron and Lula’s photos during Amazon visit sparks social media frenzy – WION

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The apparent bromance between French President Emmanuel Macron and his Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has sparked a meme fest on social media with many calling the widely circulated images of the two world leaders a pre-wedding photoshoot or their wedding pictures. 

‘Wedding pics?’

During his visit to Brazil, Macron was pictured smiling and warmly embracing Lula when the two world leaders visited the Amazonian rainforest. 

The images have since sparked a social media frenzy with many calling it their “pre-wedding photoshoot” or “engagement photos”. 

Some social media users compared the images to movies like Call Me by Your Name, Titanic, and La La Land. “They are going to marry in the Amazon and have their honeymoon in Paris,” said one user on X. 

One user even edited a photo of the two world leaders raising their arms underneath a large tree to show them holding red heart-shaped balloons. 

Macron’s visit to Brazil

On Tuesday, the French president landed in the Amazon city of Belem for his three-day visit to Brazil and took a boat to the Combu island to meet with Indigenous leaders.

During their visit, Lula and Macron announced a plan to invest $1.1 billion in the Amazon, including parts of the rainforest in neighbouring French Guiana. 

The joint statement by the two countries said that the funds will be spread over the next four years to protect the rainforest. 

Macron’s visit and warm relations with Lula mark a departure from the frosty ties between the French leader and Brazil’s former right-wing president Jair Bolsonaro, who was in power until 2022. 

On Wednesday (Mar 27), Lula and Macron also launched a submarine built in the South American country with French technology under a program which aims to construct Brazil’s first nuclear-powered submarine by the end of the decade.

The two world leaders attended the ceremony at the Itaguai shipyard near Rio de Janeiro. Notably, the submarine program began in 2008 when Lula was the president in partnership with France’s state-run Naval Group. 

The submarine, according to the Brazilian government, would defend the country’s nearly 7,500-kilometre coastline and the Atlantic waters where the country is developing vast offshore oil fields.

Macron’s visit to Brazil ends on Thursday (Mar 28) after his state visit to Brasilia and his meeting with Lula at the presidential palace. 

(With inputs from agencies)

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