An unapproved demonstration by hundreds of opponents of the G-7 summit has led to clashes with police in neighboring town of Biarritz. The security forces used tear gas in Bayonne after stones had flown from the ranks of the protesters, on Saturday night.
Apparently, the German police participated in the operation. Local media observed several police cars with German license plates. Details about the use were not communicated at first. Previously, three Germans were arrested at Biarritz and sentenced to two to three months in prison for alleged acts of violence.
Previously, a rally held by summit opponents in the southwestern French port of Hendaye had been peaceful. According to the organizers, about 15,000 people took part in this, while the police spoke of 9,000 participants. France uses over 13,000 police and gendarmes to protect the summit. riots should not be tolerated, Interior Minister Christophe Castaner had said.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron inaugurated the summit of the seven major industrial nations”. G7 Biarritz has begun, said the host of the meeting on Saturday via short message service Twitter. Previously, the 41-year-old German Chancellor Angela Merkel had met for a conversation. There was also a round of European participating countries – Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson also took part in the deliberations. In the evening, a dinner of G-7 heads of state and government was planned.
Macron plans to address the dangerous crises in Iran, North Korea, Libya or Ukraine during the three-day peak meeting. In the fight against the flame inferno in the South American Amazon, Macron seeks concrete aid pledges of the powerful state round. At the sidelines of G-7 Summit, there is a hope of Kashmir crises might be discussed, the conflict has risen the tensions between the Pakistan and India, the two nuclear states of Asia.