France wants the G20 to issue a statement committing to strong action on climate change and considers the issue a “red line”, President Emmanuel Macron said recently ahead of the summit.
Macron was speaking in Tokyo on a visit ahead of this week’s Group of 20 meeting, where climate change will be among several contentious issues on the table, along with trade and tensions with Iran.
The French leader held bilateral talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe yesterday.
The G20 is expected to be dominated by the ongoing trade war between China and the United States, as well as concerns that spiraling tensions between Washington and Tehran could lead to war.
But climate change will also be a battleground, with Washington likely to oppose strong references to the Paris climate deal, an agreement from which it plans to withdraw.
Macron said France would refuse to sign any agreement that bowed to such demands, amid reports that Japan is seeking consensus language that could water down previous communique wording on climate change.
“I have a red line,” he told a gathering of French citizens before meeting Abe.