Harsh critics have slammed the G7 leaders for ‘sitting around for photo opportunities’ as they posed without ties looking like they’ve ‘woken up after a stag do.’
The world’s seven most powerful leaders, including Prime Minister Boris Johnson, have been blasted online for their seemingly blasé approach to the summit, as they were accused of trying to look ‘hip and trendy.’
Images of the politicians posing during a photo-call at Elmau Castle, Bavaria, have gone viral on social media – with many pointing out how ‘relaxed’ they looked.
One critic online wrote: ‘Why does the G7 Summit look like the dads and uncles at the end of a wedding who had 35 Heinekens and are accosting the photographer while their wives tell at them that their taxi is outside?’
Another added: ‘Of course Johnson’s trousers are slipping down. Stag night mooning ready’ while a third said that the Prime Minister looked as if he had been on a ‘night out.’
But others questioned the seriousness of the situation – accusing the leaders of the US, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Canada and Japan of just sitting around for ‘endless photo opportunities.’
The person said: ‘G7 just sitting around for endless photo opportunities. Where’s the agendas, minutes of these meetings? How long do they last?
‘It’s all staged nonsense. White shirts? Next they’ll be wearing Primark military green t-shirts.’
The G7 summit in Germany wrapped up on Tuesday with leaders pledging to fight back against Vladimir Putin ‘s war on food with $5 billion to help protect supplies, according to a senior U.S. official. From left to right British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, French President Emmanuel Macron and Italy’s Prime Minister Mario Draghi meet on the sidelines of the summit
Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson (right) welcomes Japan’s Prime Minister Fumio Kishida (left) ahead of a bilateral meeting during the G7 leaders summit
President Biden (right) playfully touches Prime Minister Johnson’s arm during the G7 meeting
Prime Minister Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz and President of France Emmanuel Macron during a ‘quad’ meeting at the G7 summit at Elmau Castle
G7 leaders pose during a photocall at Elmau Castle, Bavaria yesterday. Left to right: Italian PM Mario Draghi, EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, US President Biden, Germany Chancellor Olaf Scholz, British PM Boris Johnson, Canadian premier Justin Trudeau, Japanese PM Fumio Kishida, French President Macron, and European Council chief Charles Michel
Another critic was quick to spot that none of the seven male leaders were wearing a tie with their shirts and jackets.
They added: ‘This G7 looks so fake, all trying to look hip and trendy with no one wearing a tie.’
Many onlookers mocked that the picture in Bavaria looked as if they were all part of a stag do or wedding party – with each leader playing their particular comical role.
One person said that France’s President Macron looked like a ‘father in law, smiling politely but not overly joyful to be there.’
And ‘Uncle Boris’ looked as if he had drunk a ‘whole bottle of brandy’ while Canada’s Justin Trudeau was painted as the stag having a blast with his friends before the big day.
Mr Johnson’s personal photographer, Andrew Parsons, was present at the moment the G7 leaders stood and posed for the photo at Elmau Castle.
He’s employed as a Special Advisor part-time on the equivalent of £100,000 a year.
Mr Parsons was previously employed by David Cameron while opposition leader and then on a short-term contract after he became Prime Minister.
He however lost his cabinet desk and was moved onto Conservative Party payroll after Mr Cameron bowed to intense criticism about the appointment.
Mr Parsons provided photographs for Boris Johnson during the 2019 election, for which his company was paid £45,000. He has since been put back on the public payroll by Mr Johnson.
The photographer is also entrusted with taking photographs at Johnson family events – as well as at big political events like the G7.
Boris Johnson, US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida during a ‘quad’ meeting at the G7 summit at Elmau Castle
The men were called out by critics for their ‘relaxed’ attire during the G7 Summit
Critics were quick to spot the dress code – and claimed that the G7 leaders were trying to look ‘hip and trendy’ in their pictures
The G7 summit in Germany wrapped up on Tuesday with leaders pledging to fight back against Vladimir Putin’s war on food with $5 billion to help protect supplies.
President Joe Biden left the summit to fly from Germany to Madrid for a NATO summit after three days in the Bavarian Alps, where the Russian invasion of Ukraine has dominated proceedings.
A senior administration official said more than half the funding – some $2.76 billion – will come from the U.S. to fight Putin’s impact on food security.
As well as Ukraine, the rise of China and its impact on global markets has exercised the delegations during their three days of discussions.
The leaders of the US, Germany, France, Italy, the UK, Canada and Japan agreed to develop a joint approach to remedying Beijing’s ‘non-market’ international trade practices, according to the official.
‘You’ll see leaders release a collective statement, which is unprecedented in the context of the G7, acknowledging the harms caused by China’s non-transparent, market-distorting industrial directives,’ the official said.
On Monday, they heard from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, who joined by videolink.
He asked for urgent help to end the war before the bitter winter months undermined his troops’ ability to fight back.
Hours later they condemned an ‘abominable’ Russian strike on a crowded shopping mall in Kremenchuk, Ukraine.
‘Indiscriminate attacks on innocent civilians constitute a war crime,’ they said.
‘Russian President Putin and those responsible will be held to account.’