Macron's big fail at G7 summit: no change on key global issues

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In 2018 President Emmanuel Macron experienced a catastrophic period in domestic politics after the summer break. In 2019 the French head of state has tried to hit the ground running by placing himself firmly at the centre of the international stage. His hosting of the G7 summit in Biarritz in south-west France was greeted with unanimous approval by the French press which hailed it a success. Yet as Mediapart's Ellen Salvi reports, nothing in the substance of the issues tackled at the international gathering has changed.

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To judge by the headlines in the French press, Emmanuel Macron has had a resoundingly successful start to the post-summer political year by putting himself at the centre of the international stage. In the eyes of many commentators, from the hosting of the Russian president Vladimir Putin at his holiday retreat at Brégançon in the south of France on August 19th, to meeting British prime minister Boris Johnson at the Élysée a few days later, and then playing host to fellow world leaders at the G7 summit in Biarritz in south-west France for three days, the French head of state did not put a foot wrong.