The war of the wives started Sunday when a supporter of the right-wing Bolsonaro posted photos of the two leaders’ wives. The post suggested that Bolsonaro’s 37-year-old wife is more attractive than Brigitte Macron.
“"Do not humiliate the guy, ha ha,” Bolsonaro commented on the post in Portuguese.
That set off Macron, who is famously protective of his wife.
Ties have been frayed between the two leaders for months as France pushes back against the newly elected Bolsonaro’s efforts to clamp down on civil society and non-governmental organization.
They spiraled downhill as Macron has spoken out about the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest. Bolsonaro has bristled at what he calls “colonialist” interference in Brazil’s internal affairs.