August 25, 2019

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G7: the "first ladies" discover the Basque pepper village

On the sidelines of the G7 summit, Brigitte Macron and the first ladies of the leaders attended a demonstration of Basque pelota and a concert of Basque songs.

Far from the studious atmosphere of the summit, the "first ladies" discovered the surroundings of Biarritz this Sunday. Led by Brigitte Macron, the wives of the leaders attending the G7 summit went to discover the Basque culture in the picturesque village of Espelette, famous for its pepper.

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Six wives of heads of state and government, including Melania Trump, attended a demonstration of Basque pelota and a concert of Basque songs before meeting locals and traders in the streets of Espelette, about thirty kilometers away. from Biarritz.

They then went to Cambo-les-Bains to be welcomed by the Aurresku, a traditional dance, before visiting the Edmond Rostand museum, the author of the play Cyrano de Bergerac.

Discover the Basque heritage

For Brigitte Macron, it was about introducing his guests to "Basque culture and heritage" and "local initiatives in the area of ​​protecting the oceans," said his entourage.

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In addition to Melania Trump, there were Akie Abe, wife of Japanese Shinzo Abe, Cecilia Morel, Chilean Sebastian Piñera, Jenny Morrison, wife of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and women of Donald Tusk, president of the United States. European Council and David Malpass, President of the World Bank.

On Monday, the First Ladies will attend surfing demonstrations and rescue exercises at sea from Biarritz Beach. They will meet associations active in the protection of the oceans, one of the themes of the summit.