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Macron's Strategy For Trump In Paris: Long Handshakes And Military Spectacles

A much-discussed awkward moment at the Notre Dame Cathedral didn't stop the two leaders from grasping each other in an epic handshake Friday.
French President Emmanuel Macron and President Trump share a handshake as they walk next to Macron's wife, Brigitte Macron, and U.S. first lady Melania Trump at Friday's Bastille Day parade in Paris. / CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / Getty Images

There was much pomp and circumstance — and hand-holding, and even a dash of Daft Punk — in President Trump's visit to Paris, as French President Emmanuel Macron used any means possible to embrace and entertain the American leader during his two-day stay.

Trump's visit began Thursday with a trip to Napoleon's Tomb at Les Invalides, where he was given full military honors as he and Melania Trump met Macron and Brigitte

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