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

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Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Biarritz, August 26th 2019. © Reuters Presidents Donald Trump and Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit in Biarritz, August 26th 2019. © Reuters

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.

Macron's knockout win at G7 summit in Biarritz – the snuffing out of protests

A protest involving portraits of President Emmanuel Macron held at Bayonne near the G7 summit on August 25th 2019. © Yann Levy / Hans Lucas A protest involving portraits of President Emmanuel Macron held at Bayonne near the G7 summit on August 25th 2019. © Yann Levy / Hans Lucas

The main 'counter summit' to the recent G7 gathering took place miles away from the French resort of Biarritz, towns were locked down, and some protestors were banned from the area. The result was low-key, small-scale opposition to the meeting of international leaders, representing an undeniable success for the French presidency. Christophe Gueugneau and Elisa Perrigueur report.

Iranian minister meets with Macron on sidelines of G7 summit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that talks between Iran and France were "parallel" but not officially part of the G7 Summit. 

French police fire tear gas and water cannons at anti-G7 protesters

Meanwhile environmental group will defy ban on demonstrations in nearby Bayonne with march carrying official portraits of President Macron.

Macron and Trump have pre-G7 lunch in bid to ease trade tensions

Surprise lunch came just a day after Trump reiterated his threat of tariffs against French wine in retaliation for new tax on major US tech firms.

Biarritz in lockdown as G7 summit descends on French resort

More than 13,000 police have arrived in the town in south-west France and the authorities say any unrest will not be tolerated.

Tensions mount as Biarritz placed in lockdown for G7 summit

The town of Biarritz in south-west France is already the scene of unprecedented security measures ahead of the G7 summit to be held there next weekend, with some locals complaining that its summer season economy is being hit, while the authorities, fearing violent protests, have ordered that a counter-summit organsied by leftwing groups should be held 30 kilometres away in Hendaye, on the Spanish border. 

French court fines easyJet for turning back disabled passenger

Satff of the British low-cost carrier cited security problems when they prevented wheelchair-bound Joseph Etcheveste, 55, from boarding a flight in Biarritz in south-west France in 2010.