Tense meetings, protesters, and a surprise arrival: 7 photos show just how the first days of the G7 Summit played out

g7 summitGermany's Chancellor Angela Merkel, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, European Council President Donald Tusk, US President Donald Trump, Italy's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attend a working session on &quotInternational Economy and Trade, and International Security Agenda" in Biarritz, south-west France on August 25, 2019, on the second day of the annual G7 Summit attended by the leaders of the world's seven richest democracies, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States.PHILIPPE WOJAZER/AFP/Getty Images

  • Leaders gathered in Biarritz, France for the G-7 Summit over the weekend to confront an array of global issues.
  • The three-day summit was expected to be tense as trade policy, nuclear tension, and environmental concerns dominated headlines in the days leading up to the series of meetings.
  • Protesters, leaders' spouses, and a surprise arrival made headlines while key meetings continued into the week.
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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 concern over fires that have devastated the Amazon rainforest in Brazil.

The first two days of the summit were filled with a flurry of reports on leaders' progress in confronting international affairs.

See some of the highlights from the summit below:

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UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Saturday for a one-on-one discussion.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met Saturday for a one-on-one discussion.

Johnson and Trudeau discussed Canada's existing trade deal with the EU and how that would function in the future once Britain officially divorces from Europe.

It was the leaders' first sit-down meeting since Johnson assumed the role of Britain's Prime Minister in July.

Source: Global News

French President Emmanuel Macron had lunch with President Donald Trump Saturday, where Trump boasted of his and Macron's "special relationship."

French President Emmanuel Macron had lunch with President Donald Trump Saturday, where Trump boasted of his and Macron's "special relationship."

Source: The Washington Post

Sunday's agenda included a roundtable meeting that was deemed a Working Session on the Global Economy, Foreign Policy, and Security Affairs.

Sunday's agenda included a roundtable meeting that was deemed a Working Session on the Global Economy, Foreign Policy, and Security Affairs.

In attendance were:

  • Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte
  • President of the European Council Donald Tusk
  • Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
  • President Donald Trump
  • French President Emmanuel Macron
  • Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel
  • Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

As the meetings went on, French protesters took to nearby streets to slam Macron and demand more action on the climate emergency.

 As the meetings went on, French protesters took to nearby streets to slam Macron and demand more action on the climate emergency.

Some carried portraits that they had illegally removed from town halls, held upside-down.

Source: The Guardian

On Sunday, world leaders' spouses were away from international tensions as they enjoyed a cultural tour of the Basque region, enjoying wine, lunch, and traditional performances.

On Sunday, world leaders' spouses were away from international tensions as they enjoyed a cultural tour of the Basque region, enjoying wine, lunch, and traditional performances.

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

Sunday afternoon brought a surprise arrival from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, which appeared to be orchestrated by Macron.

Sunday afternoon brought a surprise arrival from Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, which appeared to be orchestrated by Macron.

The Trump administration has objected to Macron's apparent efforts to force talks between the US and Iran, which Trump has called the "number one terrorist nation."

Trump told reporters he had "no comment" on Zarif's arrival.

Source: Washington Post

On Sunday night, the leaders gathered with their spouses and guests for a group photo.

On Sunday night, the leaders gathered with their spouses and guests for a group photo.

Group photos are a tradition at the annual summit, and can sometimes illustrate the dynamics at play among the member leaders.

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