Everlasting Paris handshake: Trump & Macron bid long farewell

Brigitte Macron wife of French President Macron, and U.S. First Lady Melania Trump await French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump at Les Invalides museum in Paris France

Smart move: Emmanuel Macron's entente cordiale with Donald Trump

Donald and Melania visited the French President and his wife in Paris at the Hotel des Invalides this week, where they were taken on a tour of the historical site. At one point, while still holding Macron's hand, Trump leaned over to kiss Macron's wife, Brigitte, on her cheek and grabbed her hand as well, so that he was holding both of their hands at the same time. He then repeated the sentiment to Emmanuel: "She's in such good physical shape".

Trump is known for his crushing handshakes and he appears to give Brigitte Macron the usual treatment as she tries to release her hand from his grasp.

With the assistance of her French stylist Herve Pierre, the First Lady picked out a red wool suit dress made by French designer Christian Dior for the event in order to celebrate Dior's 70th anniversary this year. "You're in such good shape", he said to her, apparently assuming such an assessment would be seen as complimentary, rather than inappropriate or even predatory.

Two hours before the parade, the famed Champs-Elysees avenue was emptied as was the Place de la Concorde with its golden-tipped obelisk.

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"She's in such good physical shape", Trump told him. "I mean, I love Valentino, period", he added of the Italian fashion house.

Trump has said the Paris accord is too lenient on leading polluters like China and India, which adversely affects US industry. However, the President recently crossed a line when he commented on French First Lady Brigitte Macron's figure. His presidential campaign was rocked in October by the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which he talked about grabbing women by the crotch.

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