While world leaders were clashing over how to settle the trade war between the US and China, their other halves were having a rather more relaxed time in France.
First Lady Melania Trump, Brigitte Macron – the wife of French president Emmanuel Macron – and Jenny Morrison, wife of Australian prime minister Scott Morrison, were among a group seen sampling sangria in a village near the G7 summit in Biarritz.
It wasn’t hard to spot Mrs Trump, who towered over the rest of the dignitaries in a white Calvin Klein dress.
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Jenny Morrison (second right) sampled sangria with US First Lady Melania Trump (left) while their husbands faced off at the G7 Summit. They were also joined by (women, left to right) French President Emmanuel Macron’s wife Brigitte Macron, Espelette mayor Jean-Marie Iputcha, Akie Abe, the wife of Japanese PM Shinzo Abe, Malgorzata Tusk, the wife of European Council President Donald Tusk, and Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel
Brigitte Macron (right), Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel (centre left), Jenny Morrison (let), wife of Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Malgorzata Tusk (centre right), wife of European Council President Donald Tusk pose in a field of Espelette pepper
Clutching a small brown paper bag, Jenny Morrison (right) did a spot of shopping as she and fellow First Ladies spent the morning exploring the nearby countryside. She is seen next to Brigitte Macron and Malgorzata Tusk
Mrs Macron, who wore a red dress, was the perfect host as she showed the world leaders’ spouses around Espelette town centre, which included a pit stop at a local wine shop to sample sangria.
‘Just an advice, don’t drink too much,’ she could be heard warning her counterparts.
Looking chic in a flowing pale pink top and white pants, photos show Mrs Morrison enjoyed the wine tasting.
She said the sangria was ‘very good,’ as she exited the tasting, with her glass still in hand.
The First Ladies also visited a textile store, a bakery and shoe merchant before stopping at a 16th century church on the Basque town’s outskirts on their way to lunch.
The area is most famous for its dried red peppers called Piment d’Espelette. The peppers were used in the dinner that the Group of Seven leaders shared in nearby Biarritz on Saturday night.
Pictured left to right, Akie Abe, wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Brigitte Macron, Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel, Espelette mayor Jean-Marie Iputcha, Melania Trump, Jenny Morrison, wife of Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and Malgorzata Tusk, wife of European Council President Donald Tusk
Pictured left to right, Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, Malgorzata Tusk, wife of European Council President Donald Tusk, Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel, Melania Trump, Jenny Morrison, wife of Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Akie Abe, wife of Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe
The Japanese PM’s wife Akie Abe holds up her phone as she and her fellow G7 spouses sit in the Saint-Etienne church today
Melania swapped her trademark heels for a pair of comfortable ballet flats as the wives took a stroll through the gardens
Back in Biarritz, Mr Morrison met with Mr Trump to discuss trade, Iran and the ongoing protests in Hong Kong.
He weighed into the feud between US and China and reiterated Australia’s concerns about the impact the trade dispute is having on the global economy.
He called on both countries to sort their issues out and reach an agreement.
‘I am always hopeful they will be able to do that and I would like to see that happen sooner rather than later,’ Mr Morrison told reporters afterwards.
‘The US has legitimate issues they wish to pursue as part of that trading relationship, it’s not for us to dictate to them anymore than it is to China what they should be concluding.
‘I want to see the issue resolved.’
Mr Morrison also discussed trade and Australia’s plans to join an international mission in the waters south of Iran with several other world leaders at the G7 summit.
But the Prime Minister was as surprised as the rest of the leaders when Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif joined the gathering in Biarritz.
Scott Morrison caught up with US President Donald Trump for a one on one meeting during the G7 Summit in Biarritz, France on Sunday
Scott Morrison urged US President Donald Trump to resolve the trade war with China
He explained Australia’s decision of last Wednesday to contribute troops, a surveillance plane and a Navy frigate to the US-led effort to protect shipping lanes from Iran during meetings with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the summit.
Neither was concerned about the plan.
‘(They had) a great respect for the way that Australia thinks through these issues and is very clear about how we pursue our national interests and do so in a way which is very, very well-targeted,’ Mr Morrison told reporters in Biarritz on Sunday.
‘We’re very clear about what this was about, what it wasn’t about.’