Streets empty in Biarritz as resort awaits arrival of G7 leaders

Streets empty in Biarritz as resort awaits arrival of G7 leaders

Security is getting tighter in the southern French beach resort of Biarritz ahead of the G7 leaders’ summit beginning this weekend.

The airport and railway station closed down on Friday afternoon and residents used to bustle at the height of summer vacations say the streets are empty.

The city centre was almost deserted, and the seaside around the casino where leaders will meet is under a strict security cordon.

Police officers on a jet-ski patrol the waters (Markus Schreiber/AP)
Police officers on a jet-ski patrol the waters (Markus Schreiber/AP)

Cars are thoroughly checked and tourists can no longer access their usual haunts.

Philippe Haguet said the gift shop he owns has been empty for the past two days.

Leaders of the Group of Seven countries arrive on Saturday to discuss issues including the struggling global economy and climate change until Monday.

They include the United States, Germany, Japan, Britain, France, Canada and Italy.

- Press Association

More on this topic

Donald Trump’s proposed venue for G7 summit sparks ethics debateDonald Trump’s proposed venue for G7 summit sparks ethics debate

Donald Trump suggests his Miami golf course could stage next G7 summitDonald Trump suggests his Miami golf course could stage next G7 summit

Donald Trump meeting with Iran’s president floated amid G7 move to end impasseDonald Trump meeting with Iran’s president floated amid G7 move to end impasse

Macron personally told Trump about Iran envoy’s G7 visit, source saysMacron personally told Trump about Iran envoy’s G7 visit, source says

More in this Section

Whooping cough bacteria ‘can hide in noses and throats of healthy people’Whooping cough bacteria ‘can hide in noses and throats of healthy people’

UK faces Brexit delay as Johnson vows to push for general electionUK faces Brexit delay as Johnson vows to push for general election

Turkey pauses Syria offensive after deals with US and RussiaTurkey pauses Syria offensive after deals with US and Russia

Latest: Man arrested following French museum siege - reportsLatest: Man arrested following French museum siege - reports


Lifestyle

Antibiotics will not speed up recovery from a viral infection and can make the child feel worse, says Dr Phil KieranBattling bacteria: The pros and cons of giving antibiotics to children

I had to turn off Dublin Murders with 15 minutes to go. We were watching the first episode because I had to review it the following day for the Today Show on RTÉ.Learner Dad: 'I like to see myself as relaxed but I’m obviously bottling up a fair few anxieties'

Purchasing a thatched cottage was a decision that would change Liam Broderick’s life. Kya deLongchamps meets the long-time thatcherMade in Munster: Meet Cork thatcher Liam Broderick

We take a trip back through the Wolves singer’s most major fashion moments.As Selena Gomez surprises fans with new music, these are some of her best style moments

More From The Irish Examiner