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The wives of G7 world leaders enjoyed the best French wine, peppers, and traditional dances while their husbands were at the tense summit

World leaders gathered in southwest France for the G-7 Summit over the weekend, where they were slated for several closely watched meetings to examine major global issues. European Council President Donald Tusk declared this year’s summit was “a difficult test of the unity and solidarity of the free world and its leaders,” as countries faced issues including impending trade wars and global climate concerns. Despite the tensions, the leaders’ spouses put on a relaxed display while touring a nearby village, where they enjoyed a stunning villa, wine tasting, and traditional performances. Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories. World leaders gathered in Biarritz, France for the G-7 Summit over the weekend to confront an array of global issues. The annual summit is taking place this year amid an escalating trade war between the US and China, Britain’s planned exit from the European Union, and fires that have devastated the Amazon rainforest in Brazil. Despite the tensions surrounding the summit, first lady Melania Trump, French first lady Brigitte Macron, and other world leaders’ wives put on a relaxed and united display during a tour of the Basque region, enjoying wine, lunch, and traditional performances.The first ladies traveled to the village of Epselette, which is situated in the Basque region in the southwest of the country.Foto: sourceTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty ImagesThe spouses then had lunch at the Villa Arnaga, built by Edmond Rostand, the French playwright who wrote Cyrano de Bergerac.Foto: sourceRegis Duvignau/Pool via REUTERS The group included: Akie Abe, wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron US first lady Melania Trump Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel Jenny Morrison, the wife of Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison Malgorzata Tusk, wife of European Council President Donald Tusk Macron, Trump, and Tusk were in the front row for a performance by traditional Basque dancers in the villa’s garden.Foto: Brigitte Macron, Melania Trump, and Malgorzata Tusk, look at Basque dancers in the garden of the Villa Arnaga.sourceRegis Duvignau/Pool via REUTERSTrump and Macron were side-by-side throughout the day, which marked their latest friendly appearance one year after Macron called Trump “really fun.”Foto: sourceTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty ImagesSource: Business InsiderThe group also attended a traditional song performance in the stunning Saint-Etienne church, not far from the villa.Foto: sourceTHOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty ImagesSource: The Daily MailThe spouses took to a field trip to see the region’s famous “Piment d’Espelette,” which are dried red peppers.Foto: sourceRegis Duvignau/Pool via REUTERSSource: Bon AppetitThe peppers were used in the G7 dinner held for leaders in nearby Biarritz the night before.Foto: First Lady Melania Trump looks at Espelette peppers, August 25, 2019.sourceRegis Duvignau/Pool via REUTERSSource: The Associated PressEspelette Mayor Jean-Marie Iputcha led the women on a tour through the village and they ducked into nearby shops and bakeries.Foto: sourceREGIS DUVIGNAU/AFP/Getty ImagesSource: The Daily Mail The spouses made a stop to enjoy some French wine.Foto: sourceREGIS DUVIGNAU/AFP/Getty ImagesIn true French fashion, a wine expert sporting a beret led the women through a wine tasting.Foto: sourceRegis Duvignau/Pool via REUTERS Read more: Trump’s aides are reportedly seething over the French president’s handling of the G7 summit Leaders at the G7 summit made power moves, traded barbs, and threatened tariffs in a ‘difficult test of the unity and solidarity of the free world’The post The wives of G7 world leaders enjoyed the best French wine, peppers, and traditional dances while their husbands were at the tense summit appeared first on Business Insider Nederland.
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