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French President Emmanuel Macron launched a website Thursday aimed at combatting climate change, inviting American scientists to work in France following President Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement. In a lovely zinger aimed at Donald Trump, the website is called “Make Our Planet Great Again.”

The site, in English, is aimed at environmental scientists and engineers in the US who are “faced with the climatic skepticism of the new American government.” On June 1, Macron tweeted this invitation to American environmentalists and “responsible citizens” to come and work in France.

The site says, “France is becoming an innovative hub of science, technology and progress. You may know our research hubs, such as La Sorbonne or Paris-Saclay. These are the places you have to come work in to develop new initiatives for our planet.”

The website is a “concrete tool to enable and facilitate the arrival of every committed citizen,” the message adds. Here “you can find all the answers to the questions you have about how to complete your project.”

The French welcome to immigrant scientists is a very different approach from the Trump administration’s strategy. Travel restrictions and immigration crackdowns have become so severe in the US that corporate leaders, particularly in Silicon Valley, have warned that the brightest brains on the planet will be fleeing to other nations to the detriment of the US economy.

In the future, the French website will likely involve information on visas and living in France, and possibly job information.

Macron has been dubbed by the BBC the “anti-Trump.” Macron’s phrase—“Make our planet great again”—is a clear dig at Trump’s “Make America great again” campaign slogan.

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