At the G7 summit, tense cohabitation between Giorgia Meloni and Emmanuel Macron | EUROtoday

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Effusive asides, an icy hand kiss at dinner and small barbs: the G7 summit organized in an expensive lodge in Borgo Egnazia, in Puglia, Italy, was the scene of tense cohabitation between Giorgia Meloni and Emmanuel Macron . The Italian press had a blast in considered one of these “tensions”and even their “confrontation”, just a few days after the European election of June 9.

After her electoral victory, the president of the Italian council, in search of an alliance with Marine Le Pen in Brussels, welcomed with out heat, Thursday June 13, the French president, the principle loser within the current election with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz. On the primary day of the summit, the far-right chief was far more cheerful with the American president, Joe Biden, and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky. On Friday, she even went to select up Pope Francis in an electrical cart when he received off the helicopter, the primary head of the Catholic Church invited to a G7 summit. Then she obtained, with a smile on her face, the far-right Argentine President, Javier Milei, amongst different visitors from the international locations of the South that the G7 is attempting to court docket.

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Nothing like this with Emmanuel Macron. No face-to-face assembly befell between the 2 leaders, who, every on their very own, elevated the variety of bilateral conferences on the sidelines of the working periods. Mr. Scholz and Mr. Macron thus noticed collectively the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, within the working for a second time period, however with out their Italian host. Between the German social democrat and the French centrist, it was a query of getting ready, discreetly, the reappointment of the conservative candidate with out robbing the opposite European capitals, earlier than a dinner of the Twenty-Seven in Brussels on Monday.

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Black gaze

The photos don't lie. When Emmanuel Macron arrived on the dinner held Thursday night on the Swabian citadel in Bari, Giorgia Meloni's black gaze additional highlighted her tensions with the French president because it contrasted with the lengthy hug given to him by the Italian president, Sergio Mattarella. In query, the French president's response to a query from an Italian journalist on the disappearance, desired by Italy, of an express reference to the appropriate to abortion within the draft ultimate communiqué of the summit. ” I’m sorry [cette absence] however I [la] respect, as a result of it was the sovereign alternative of your individuals”, replied the Head of State, recalling that France had chosen to incorporate free entry to voluntary termination of being pregnant in its Constitution: “We don’t have the same choices.”

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