BRAZIL is going to reject the G7 countries' offer of $20m to help stop the fires ravaging the Amazon rainforest, a senior Brazilian official has said.

Onyx Lorenzoni, chief of staff to President Jair Bolsonaro (below), said French leader Emmanuel Macron should first take care of "his home and his colonies". 

“Macron cannot even avoid a foreseeable fire in a church that is a world heritage site,” Lorenzoni added in reference to the fire at the Notre Dame cathedral earlier this year. “What does he intend to teach our country?"

He went on: “Brazil is a democratic, free nation that never had colonialist and imperialist practices, as perhaps is the objective of the Frenchman Macron.”

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The Brazlian presidency has confirmed the comments to Agence France-Presse.

Last night on French TV, before this morning's announcement from Brazil, Macron described the Amazon as the "lungs of the planet" and said the Amazon is a "subject for the whole planet". 

"We cannot allow you to destroy everything," he warned.

Initially Brazil's environment minister appeared to welcome the funding but, after a governmental meeting, the country changed course.

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Some 41,000 fires have been recorded in the Amazon region so far this year, most of which began this month alone. Experts say the majority of fires were started by farmers or ranchers clearing farmland.

Campaigners have pointed to Bolsonaro's loosening of environmental policy for the reason behind the increase in fires.

Environmental groups have said the G7 funding isn't enough and fails to address the drivers of deforestation.

“The offer of $20m is chump change, especially as the crisis in the Amazon is directly linked to overconsumption of meat and dairy in the UK and other G7countries,” said Richard George, the Greenpeace UK head of forests.