Melania Trump and G7 Spouses Visit French Village Famous for Red Peppers

August 25, 2019 Updated: August 26, 2019

While their partners were trying to forge unity over prickly global issues, the spouses of the leaders of G7 countries visited a small village in the French Basque country on Sunday, Aug. 25.

France’s first lady Brigitte Macron and her counterparts including Melania Trump, joined by the first ladies of Australia, Chile and the EU Council, toured the streets of Espelette, a Basque village famous for its peppers, the Piment d’Espelette.

G7 leaders' spouses in France
(From R) U.S. First Lady Melania Trump, French President’s wife Brigitte Macron, Australia’s Prime Minister’s wife Jenny Morrison, Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel and Japan’s Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe arrive at Saint-Etienne church during a visit on traditional Basque culture in Espelette, near Biarritz as part of the G7 summit, on Aug. 25, 2019. (Regis Duvignau/AFP/Getty Images)
G7 spouses tour Espelette
(From L) Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel, Japan’s Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe, European Council President’s wife Malgorzata Tusk, US First Lady Melania Trump and Wife of French President Brigitte Macron walk as they take part in a tour on traditional Basque culture in Espelette, near Biarritz as part of the G7 summit, on Aug. 25, 2019. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Macron, Trump, the Japanese prime minister’s wife Akie Abe, EU Council President’s Donald Tusk’s wife Malgorzata Tusk, Chile’s first lady Cecilia Morel and Australia’s Jenny Morrison were treated to performances of traditional dance and chorale singing.

G7 leaders' spouses in France
(From L) Japan’s Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe, European Council President’s wife Malgorzata Tusk, Australia’s Prime Minister’s wife Jenny Morrison, Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel, President of the World Bank Group’s wife Adele Malpass, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and wife of French President Brigitte Macron look at traditional dance performance as they arrive at the Villa Arnaga in Cambo-les-Bains during a visit on traditional Basque culture, near Biarritz as part of the G7 summit, on Aug. 25, 2019. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)
G7 leaders' spouses
(From L) Australia’s Prime Minister’s wife Jenny Morrison, Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel, European Council President’s wife Malgorzata Tusk, Wife of French President Brigitte Macron, U.S. First Lady Melania Trump and Japan’s Prime Minister’s wife Akie Abe pose as they take part in a tour on traditional Basque culture in Espelette, near Biarritz as part of the G7 summit, on Aug. 25, 2019. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

According to local newspaper La Depeche, they were shown a game of Basque Pelota, visited shops and tasted locally made sangria. The storekeeper asked each one to sign her glass.

First Lady Melania Trump looks
First Lady Melania Trump looks on during a visit on traditional Basque culture with G7 World leaders’ spouses, in Espelette, near Biarritz, as part of the G7 summit, on Aug. 25, 2019. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)
G7 leaders' spouses
Wife of French President Brigitte Macron (2nd L) holds a basket of Espelette peppers next to Chile’s First Lady Cecilia Morel (L) and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump (R) as they take part in a tour on traditional Basque culture in Espelette, near Biarritz as part of the G7 summit, on Aug. 25, 2019. (Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

 

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