World leaders gather in Biarritz, France for the annual summit of the G7 nations [Markus Schreiber/Pool via Reuters]

World leaders are gathering in France for the G7 summit, a meeting that European Council President Donald Tusk said will be a “difficult test of unity and solidarity” due to deep divisions over a range of issues including trade and climate change. 

The annual gathering of the G7 nations, some of the world’s key industrial countries, kicked off on Saturday in the French coastal town of Biarritz. 

Thousands of anti-G7 protesters rallied in the nearby town of Hendaye as the leaders from Britain, Canada, Germany, Italy, Japan and the United States descended on Biarritz. 

The three-day summit is taking place against the backdrop of an escalating trade war between

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