The French Take to the Streets on Bastille Day in Paris

Donald Trump admires France, and its first lady, who he greets with bizarre handshake

Macron invited Trump as the guest of honor for France's national holiday to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into World War I. The two men sat side by side with their wives, speaking animatedly as American and French warplanes roared above the Champs-Elysees, and then exchanged a warm embrace at the end of the ceremony.

Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron attended a Bastille Day military parade alongside his American counterpart Donald Trump.

She kisses Trump, while he is still shaking her husband's hand.

The US president said last month that America, the world's second biggest polluter, would pull out of the Paris agreement, which aims to limit global warming, and has promised to champion US fossil fuels firms. He said the city's future is bright because France has a "great" and "tough" leader.

How the French first lady responded to Trump's "compliment" is inaudible on camera but the comment was followed by an awkward handshake between them.

Protesters have been carrying banners with crossed-out names and portraits of the U.S. leader on them. A tape was released in October weeks before the US Presidential elections where Trump was heard talking about women in a derogatory manner.

Both seemed to minimise differences in order to focus on areas where they can work together, such as the crisis in Syria and Middle East security.

Magazine Paris Match as well as TV network France24 both noted criticism of the comments overseas, especially in the United States where Mr Trump's comments are scrutinised often for sexism.

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Macron and Trump exchanged a similarly odd shake during the G20 summit, where the French President also pushed through several world leaders to stand next to the USA commander-in-chief during a photo opportunity.

One of the handshakes at the May Summit showed Trump pulling Macron's arm and the other showed the two staring each other down for an extended period of time.

By our count, Trump clasps the hand of Macron for just under 30 seconds, during which he pats Macron's right hand with his left hand at one point and at another, practically jerks the French president towards him with such force that his right foot actually leaves the ground.

They capped Thursday with a double dinner date with their wives at the famed Jules Verne restaurant in the Eiffel Tower.

"You're in such good shape", the 71-year-old says in the footage, before turning to Mr Macron to marvel: "She's in such good physical shape". "This is probably where Macron was effective -the white knuckle handshake certainly grabbed Trump's attention".

The pair's gripping handshake was caught by the cameras again on Friday as Trump toured France during its Bastille Day celebrations.

Macron said there was still "disagreement" on climate and no breakthrough on commerce, but he said that he and Trump saw eye to eye on the importance of "fair, free trade".

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