22 August 2019
Police conducted road checks on Wednesday in the French resort town of Biarritz and on the French-Spanish border ahead of the G7 summit. Leaders of the Group of Seven, which includes Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United States and the United Kingdom, are slated to meet for three days starting Saturday in Biarritz to tackle hot-button issues, including trade rifts, climate change and Iran.
Protesters will have difficulty getting up close to any of the seven leaders during the August 24-26 meeting. France is deploying 13,200 police, backed up by soldiers and drones to make sure they are kept far from the summit. The demonstrators are people "from all walks of life," regrouping feminist and climate protection groups, unions and even the often-violent anti-government French "yellow vests". The Biarritz summit will bring big disruption to the popular Atlantic coastal town.
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