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Family photo - 2011 G8 Summit
Traditional "family photo" at the G8 summit meeting in Deauville

The 37th G8 summit was held 26–27 May 2011 in the commune of Deauville in France.

History

The Deauville summit of the Group of Eight (G8) was the 37th meeting in a series which began in 1976.

Previous G8 summits have been hosted by France at Rambouillet (1975); Versailles (1982); Paris (1989); Lyon (1996); and Évian-les-Bains (2003).

The G8 and the summit are part of a consultation process. The G8 is not an international organization. It is an informal group.

Participants

G8 Deauville 2011
G8 leaders walk to the first working session at summit in Deauville. Pictured, from left are: European Commission President Barroso; US President Obama; French President Sarkozy; Canadian Prime Minister Harper; Japanese Prime Minister Kan; German Chancellor Merkel; and British Prime Minister Cameron.

These summit participants were the current "core members" of the G8:

Core G8 members
Host nation and leader are indicated in bold text.
Member Represented by Title
Canada Canada Stephen Harper Prime Minister
France France Nicolas Sarkozy President
Germany Germany Angela Merkel Chancellor
Italy Italy Silvio Berlusconi Prime Minister
Japan Japan Naoto Kan Prime Minister
Russia Russia Dmitry Medvedev President
United Kingdom United Kingdom David Cameron Prime Minister
United States United States Barack Obama President
European Union European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso President
European Council Herman Van Rompuy President

Invited leaders

Other national leaders are traditionally invited to attend the summit. They participate in some, but not all, G8 summit activities. African leaders who came to Deauville included:

Also invited were:

Schedule and Agenda

Traditionally, the host country of the G8 summit sets the agenda. French general priorities included peace and security.

Discussions included some issues which remained unresolved from previous summits.

Some of the specific topics on the agenda were:

  • Afghanistan;
  • G8 + Broader Middle East and North Africa (BMENA);
  • The Internet: new challenges
  • Non-proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • The G8's Partnership with Africa
  • Transatlantic Cocaine Trafficking
  • Counter-terrorism
  • G8 political and security issues

World events caused the list of topics to grow, including

Protesters and demonstrations

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Front banner of the anti-G8 demonstration in Le Havre prior to the G8 summit, featuring the "G8 dégage" theme.

Protest groups and others organized public events. In these demonstrations, the slogan G8 dégage ("G8 Go Away") was notable.

The demonstrators are widely understood to be against globalisation.

Business opportunity

According to the Mayor of Deauville, "Our main interest is the economic implications."

For some, the G8 summit became a profit-generating event. For example, the G8 Summit magazines have been published under the auspices of the host nations for distribution to all attendees since 1998.

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