"A liberal fantasy dream sequence", "a bromance," "insanely romantic". The Internet was abuzz on Friday with pictures of French President Emmanuel Macron and his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau schmoozing at the G7 summit in Sicily, strolling through flowered walkways and chatting against the backdrop of a sparkling blue Mediterranean sea.
"Apparently Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron flew to Sicily for their wedding photoshoot," netizen @sherlockify joked on Twitter.
Apparently Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron flew to Sicily for their wedding photoshoot. pic.twitter.com/7trjOsXlfi
— tessa (@sherlockify) May 26, 2017
The reaction to the telegenic pair's encounter in the picturesque, hillside town of Taormina, immortalised by Macron himself who tweeted a video of their meeting, provided some light relief from a summit otherwise devoted to thorny issues such as climate change and the threat of extremism.
L'amitié franco-canadienne a un nouveau visage. @JustinTrudeau, à nous de relever les défis de notre génération ! #G7Taormina pic.twitter.com/8EdQopviov — Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 26, 2017
"The Franco-Canadian friendship has a new face," Macron tweeted after sitting down for talks with Trudeau and taking the now famous stroll.
"@JustinTrudeau, it's up to us to take on the challenges of our generation!"
— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) May 26, 2017
"Sitting down with @EmmanuelMacron for the first time, talking jobs, security & climate — looking forward to more conversations, my friend," Trudeau responded on Twitter, posting pictures of both smiling, shaking hands, and looking out over the Mediterranean, their dapper suit jackets billowing in the breeze.
Sitting down with @EmmanuelMacron for the first time, talking jobs, security & climate – looking forward to more conversations, my friend. pic.twitter.com/8ih8iEZ4aw — Justin Trudeau (@JustinTrudeau) May 26, 2017
Trudeau, 45, is popular with liberals worldwide for his commitment to fighting climate change and easing the refugee crisis — in stark contrast to the United States, Canada's powerful neighbour.
Macron, 39, has only been in power for 12 days but enjoys similar kudos, particularly abroad where he has been compared to Trudeau.
"This image of Trudeau and Macron in Sicily is right out of a liberal fantasy dream sequence," tweeted Dhruva Jaishankar, an expert on foreign policy at the India section of the Brookings Institution think tank.
This image of Trudeau and Macron in Sicily is right out of a liberal fantasy dream sequence. pic.twitter.com/3ayVQmMyrK
— Dhruva Jaishankar (@d_jaishankar) May 26, 2017
Others were even more explicit. "Le swoon, le sigh," tweeted netizen MissMary, above a photo of both leaders in apparent earnest chat.
"Is there a budding bromance between Macron and Trudeau? Two hunks!" added @MaureenRamsden.
Is there a budding bromance between Macron and Trudeau? Two hunks! https://t.co/kAEWYgxFLK
— Maureen Ramsden (@MaureenRamsden) May 26, 2017
When Macron won the French presidential elections, Trudeau gave the President warm congratulation via a phone call. "I look forward to working closely with President-elect Macron in the years ahead as we work together on a progressive agenda to promote international security, increase collaboration in science and technology, and create good, middle class jobs on both sides of the Atlantic," he added in a statement. "This also includes implementing the Canada-European Union Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement."
With regards to the G7 summit, leaders held annual summit talks on Friday, where they discussed trade and climate change. The summit this year was a show of unity against jihadist terrorism, despite the friction surrounding Donald Trump. Enough about Trump, there's clearly a new power couple dynamic in town now!
With inputs from AFP.
Updated Date: May 27, 2017 16:14 PM