France's Education Minister seemed quite annoyed by Greta Thunberg when asked about her in a TV interview and said she should stop stimulating depression due to climate change.
Jean-Michel Blanquer said he wasn't sure if Thunberg had been manipulated by anyone after his presentation at the United Nations, but what he was sure of was that he wants her to stop being so bleak and make everyone unhappy.
"You should not create the generation of depressed people on the subject of climate change," he said, and urged her to spend time finding constructive solutions.
Thunberg's fiery UN speech accused world leaders of stealing their dreams and childhood and worrying more about money.
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Blanquer said the activist provoked a combination of sympathy and vigilance from him. "Sympathy – because the cause is good," he explained, "but we need to get over this way of crying in the act."
The minister also responded to Thunberg's attack on the world's major economies, including France, for his alleged inaction in the climate crisis. "France is the 'locomotive' in the battle against climate change. We need to be supported and not tried.
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The French Minister of Education does not seem to be alone in calling Thunberg's lack of courage. In an apparent punch to her, Donald Trump tweeted that she looked like a "very happy girl," next to a clip from her address "Angry". before the UN.
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