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G7 leaders pose for socially-distanced family photo on beach

All of the world leaders attending the G7 summit gathered together on Friday (June 11) for a socially-distanced family photo on the beach.

The nine main attendees, including the leaders of the Group of Seven (G7) nations and representatives from the European Union, posed for photographers in Carbis Bay in Cornwall, ahead of meetings starting later in the day.

Under grey clouds, British prime minister Johnson, with ruffled blonde hair, and his new wife Carrie, greeted other G7 leaders and their partners on a specially constructed wooden gangway beside the Atlantic.

After the leaders returned for a socially distanced “family photograph”, Germany’s Angela Merkel urged Johnson ahead, telling him: “You are the leader.”

French President Macron held back, making a few remarks to Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, before U.S. President Joe Biden draped his arm around Macron who returned the embrace. They walked smiling, arm-in-arm along the walkway, discussing affairs of state.

The Elysee Palace said Macron and Biden had talked about “how to make democracies more efficient for the middle class and on China said there should be no confrontation but that we should defend our values and interests”.

The summit is the first in-person meeting of the leaders of major developed economies for nearly two years.

Johnson, Biden and their counterparts will gather from Friday to Sunday (June 13) for face-to-face meetings where the pandemic and climate change are likely to be on the agenda.

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