France gives pride of place to the US for its Bastille Day

Ebony Scott
July 15, 2017

"Emmanuel, so nice to see you. this is so handsome", Mr Trump gushed, grinning broadly as he and First Lady Melania arrived to meet the French President and his wife Brigitte at Paris' historic Hotel des Invalides.

"You're in such great shape", Mr Trump told her, before turning to Mr Macron to repeat the compliment.

According to The New York Times, shortly after President Trump arrived in France on Friday for an official visit, he took a moment to tell the country's first lady, Brigitte Macron, what he thought of her physical appearance.

Their parting handshake Friday, after a brief Paris visit by Trump as questions exploded about his family's meetings with Russian Federation, was possibly the strangest yet.

Trump, while addressing a press conference along with Macron, defended his son and said there was nothing unusual in that meeting.

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At one point Trump is heard telling Brigitte Macron, "You're in such good shape". Mrs. Trump concluded her day by joining her husband for dinner with President and Mrs. Macron at Le Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

The president also seemed to deny knowing about the meeting in the same hour-long conversation with reporters, in which he defended Trump Jr.

Trump's first handshake with French President Emmanuel Macron, back on May 25, was described as "fierce" by one columnist, with both world leaders strongly gripping one another's hand and clenching their jaws.

That was all before Trump took the White House. Although Trump is known for his bombastic handshakes, he shared an unusually tense, protracted handshake with Emmanuel that received significant attention.

It started off as most shakes do, but quickly escalated into hand-holding, as the politicians continued to hold on to the other as they proceeded to walk down a brick street.

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