France's President Emmanuel Macron, however, tried to de-escalate. Tensions in the trade are "bad for all," he said in a televised speech. The summit of seven of the world's leading economies and the EU should begin with dinner in the evening. Apart from Macron and Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the heads of government from Great Britain, Italy, Canada and Japan are also taking part in the G7 summit. In addition, Tusk represents the EU.
Already in the early afternoon, Trump came surprisingly soon after his arrival with Macron. He gave himself conciliatory – in contrast to his departure statement. "We have a lot in common," Trump said on the terrace of the Hotel du Palais on Biarritz beach. Even if there are occasional differences, connect him a "special relationship" with Macron.
Biarritz rebuilt into a fortress
Meanwhile, 15,000 people have peacefully demonstrated against the summit of the major industrialized countries in Biarritz. "Everything went well," said Sébastien Bailleul of the co-organizer Alternatives G7 of the news agency DPA. There have been no riots. The news agency AFP reported that the authorities were speaking about 9,000 participants.
Dozens of groups, including anti-globalization opponents, called for the rally-sanctioned Hendaye rally on the Spanish border. The train ended in Irun, the Spanish neighbor of Hendaye.
The summit of the G7 in about 30 kilometers away Biarritz will last until Monday, the place is also located in the Spanish Basque Country. Biarritz was converted into a fortress, rallies are not allowed there. The top meeting is protected by more than 13,000 task forces. In Bayonne, the neighboring town of Biarritz, protests were feared.