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After the clash at the G7 summit, a video of Meloni and Macron goes viral for the wrong reasons

A video of a recent conversation between Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni and French President Emmanuel Macron has been circulating online, with many pointing to Meloni's cold rebuff to Macron after the two leaders clashed over the inclusion of specific language on abortion rights in the final declaration of the G7 summit.

In response to the video, an X-user named Gareth Dore commented: “The eyes say what we are all thinking.”

Another X user said: “Man… this face has no filter.”

The disagreement between Meloni and Macron dominated Italian front pages, potentially overshadowing the summit's focus on supporting Ukraine. Meloni's office later denied reports that a reference to LGBTQ rights had been removed from the statement, calling such claims “baseless.”

The final version of the declaration expressed deep concern about the restrictions on the rights of women, girls and LGBTQIA+ people around the world and strongly condemned all abuses and violations of their rights and freedoms.

Local Italian media reported that Meloni rejected the phrase “safe and legal” abortion in the final declaration, considering it “deeply wrong.” The issue led to a diplomatic row between Meloni and the liberal French president, whose relations were already strained due to their different political ideologies.

When questioned by an Italian journalist at a G7 press conference, Macron referred to the French parliament's recent vote to enshrine the right to abortion in the French constitution. He stressed the different sensitivities in Italy, saying: “These are not the same sensitivities that exist today in your country… I regret it, but I respect it because it was the sovereign decision of your people.”

Later in the evening, Meloni responded by pointing out that Macron was facing upcoming parliamentary elections and criticising him for using the G7 summit for “election campaigning”.

The recent European elections saw a significant increase in support for far-right politicians. In Italy, Meloni's party made significant gains, while in France, Marine Le Pen's far-right party Rassemblement National (RM) won the majority, causing Macron to lose his majority.