French presidential hopeful Nicolas Sarkozy suggested climate change isn’t caused by man, a French weekly reported Wednesday.
“Climate has been changing for four billion years,” the former president told a panel of business leaders this week, the weekly Marianne reported. “Sahara has become a desert, it isn’t because of industry. You need to be as arrogant as men are to believe we changed the climate.”
Sarkozy has been critical of climate change coverage in the media before, saying that too much attention was focused on international climate talks last December: “They are only talking about the COP21.” He said media should have focused on the terror attacks that killed 130 people in Paris in November instead of covering the climate summit.
However, Sarkozy, who hopes to secure the center-right’s presidential nomination,had never before denied that climate change was caused by man.
Sarkozy said European countries should focus on blocking migrants entering the continent from Africa, acknowledging that some migrations were caused by desertification, Marianne reported.