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French FM praises ‘visionator’ Schwarzenegger

Lionel Bonaventure/AFP
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Arnold Scharzenegger has gone from “Terminator” to “innovator and visionator”, France’s Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Saturday in praise of the former governor of California (where he was “Governator”).

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“It’s rare for a Terminator to also be an innovator and visionator,” Fabius said at the first World Summit of Regions for Climate conference hosted by Scwarzenegger, who founded the R20 group, which helps sub-national governments lower their carbon footprint.

His visit ahead of the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference is a bid to get the heads of 1,000 regional administrations to sign a “Paris Declaration” of intent to battle global warming.

A principal objective is the tricky issue of getting governments to pledge donations to a global fund to support environmental projects.

Fabius said the fund stood at 1.8 million euros (France and Germany being the principal contributors) and that the target was to raise 15 billion euros by the end of the year.

Schwarzenegger told reporters: “Doing nothing will cost us a fortune.”

On Friday, the actor, politician and muscleman met French President Fraçois Hollande who also made an allusion to Scharzenegger’s big-screen background, saying “climate change is not science fiction, it’s the challenge of our time”.

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