This morning saw the G7 summit formally kick off in Cornwall with a traditional awkward 'family photo' of the different premiers and presidents together. As Boris Johnson led the leaders off the stage, he turned around to be confronted with an unsettling sight: french president Emmanuel Macon clasping the septuagenarian Joe Biden to his bosom.
With one hand behind Biden's back, Macron marched his partner across the beach, conversing as he did so while our poor PM could only watch helplessly at the affected entente cordiale.
Far from being embarrassed by such a show of transatlantic tactility, Macron clearly revelled in the moment. He subsequently tweeted from his presidential account a clip of himself gazing deeply into Biden's eyes, hands wide open, finger tips gently clasping his opposite number's wrists with the caption: 'Now that we are together, united, determined to make a difference, it's time to deliver. I'm sure we will, @joebiden!'
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) June 11, 2021
Boris Johnson may regard the term 'special relationship' as 'needy' but clearly Macron has no such qualms about being over-familiar.