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G8 president France hosts bloc’s 37th annual summit

May 26, 2011 - FRANCE

France hosts the first of the summits of its G8-G20 presidency in Deauville, and the event is unlikely to be fancy. President Nicolas Sarkozy has promised the 37th G8 will cost one-tenth of the figure for the 36th meeting of major industrialized countries, hosted by Canada. French anger over austerity measures promises to bring massive protests to the summit, which is expected to focus on the implications of the Arab world's revolts and Japan's nuclear catastrophe.

France hosts the first of the summits of its G8-G20 presidency in Deauville, and the event is unlikely to be fancy. President Nicolas Sarkozy has promised the 37th G8 will cost one-tenth of the figure for the 36th meeting of major industrialized countries, hosted by Canada.French anger over austerity measures promises to bring massive protests to a summit focused on thethe Arab world's revolts and Japan's nuclear catastrophe. As at previous G8 summits, the protests at the 37th G8 could claim the big headlines. Some 35 anti-globalization, anti-nuclear, socialist, labor and human rights groups are already in the area to make their presence felt. Nice was locked down for the Africa-France summit in May 2010 because of security concerns, and the anger in France over Sarkozy's reforms has only grown. The 27th G8 summit in Italy in Jul 2001 drew some 200,000 protesters. In 2010, when the G8 leaders gathered in Huntsville, Ontario, before joining other politicians for the G20 summit in Toronto, more than 1000 people were arrested. Some protesters damaged shops and cars in downtown Toronto. The costs are still being tallied. The G20 will be held in Cannes in November. At the 36th summit, held in Huntsville, Ontario, in Jun, the leaders agreed in reaffirming the group's essential and continuing role in international affairs and "assertions of new-found relevance." They also agreed to a five-point plan to boost growth amid concern that global economy needs help to avoid further recession. The bloc brings together the leaders of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

French eye austerity for 2011 G8/G20 summits (Reuters 26 Jun 2010)

G8 wrap (Guardian)

What those G8/G20 glow sticks were really for (CBC Inside Politics blog 25 Oct 2010)

Ottawa releases costs for G20, G8 summits (CTV 5 Nov 2010)

Date written/update: 2011-05-26