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Giorgia Meloni rolls her eyes at Emmanuel Macron at the G7 summit, video goes viral

A conversation between Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and French President Emmanuel Macron, highlighting the tensions between the two, is being widely shared on social media.

The video, which shows Meloni rolling his eyes at Macron and a “not exactly inviting” handshake between the two, came hours after Meloni and Macron clashed over wording on abortion rights after G7 leaders made no direct reference to abortion in their final communiqué on Friday, according to a draft seen by Reuters.

The report says Italy did not bow to French pressure to include the word.

The draft also sparked accusations that it watered down support for LGBTQ rights compared to the declaration released at the last meeting of heads of state and government.

The abortion issue sparked a diplomatic dispute between Rome and Paris, with Meloni accusing Macron of trying to score political points ahead of the French parliamentary elections.

Meanwhile, it was not the first time that a politician's eye-rolling caused a stir on the Internet.

In 2017, an open exchange between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel went viral, in which the latter appeared to roll her eyes at Putin.

Putin, with one hand in his pocket and the other gesturing emphatically, seemed to be discussing a topic that Merkel, judging by her reaction, found anything but captivating.

THE G7 SUMMIT

According to Reuters, the draft G7 declaration maintains the commitments “to universal access to adequate, affordable and quality health services for women” that the heads of state and government made at their summit in Hiroshima, Japan last year.

However, the 2023 communiqué omitted any specific reference to the importance of “access to safe and legal abortion and post-abortion care.”

Italy, which holds this year's G7 presidency, said there was no need to repeat the statement as it had explicitly reaffirmed its Hiroshima pledge.

Published by:

Vani Mehrotra

Published on:

June 15, 2024