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This Photo of Trump Surrounded By World Leaders at G7 Summit Has Caught the Imagination of the Web

One key moment in a two-day meeting. Five official photos. Five opposing stories.


Updated:June 11, 2018, 10:56 PM IST
This Photo of Trump Surrounded By World Leaders at G7 Summit Has Caught the Imagination of the Web
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks with US President Donald Trump at the G7 summit in Canada on June 9, 2018. (AP)

A photo posted by German Chancellor Angela Merkel on her Instagram account from this weekend's G7 summit in Canada has caught the imagination of the web.

The now viral photo captures a rather serious Merkel with her fists planted on the table, surrounded by world leaders including Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May, Japan's Shinzo Abe France's Emmanuel Macron-- all staring at the US Prez Donald Trump, the only leader seated with his arms crossed.

However, there are five versions of this photo with five opposing stories.

In the US version, we see Donald Trump face on, apparently calm, leaning back confidently with a skeptical almost sarcastic air, his arms crossed in a rebuff to the other leaders, bent towards him pleadingly.

While the French version shows Macron negotiating with his American counterpart. The other leaders have fixed him with their regard, apparently fascinated.

However, it was the German version that caught the eye of social media. Taken by Jezco Denzel, a photographer working for the German government and winner of a category award in this year's prestigious World Press Photo award, the German picture shows Merkel dominant.

The photo kept popping up all over social media, sometimes in its original form, sometimes altered for humorous or satirical ends.

Here's the exhibit:

(With AFP inputs)

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