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Trump and Macron: The Handshake That Sealed the Bromance

The two leaders shared many handshakes during the course of Trump's first visit to France as president, perhaps none more telling than the one they shared after the parade

French President Emmanuel Macron gestures next to US President Donald Trump during the annual Bastille Day military parade on the Champs-Elysees avenue in Paris on July 14, 2017.
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The unexpected bromance between the leaders of America and France was on full display for the world Friday at the annual Bastille Day military parade and celebration in Paris.

President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron shared many handshakes during the course of Trump's first visit to France as president, perhaps none more telling than the one they shared after the parade. 

Trump and Macron's never-ending handshake CNN / Youtube

As Trump departed to head home to Washington, the leaders clasped hands and held on to each other as they walked. Trump at one point pulled the smaller Macron off balance and held fast as they approached their wives. Even then, Trump held on to Macron's hand as he shook hands with Macron's wife, Brigitte.

They appeared to have moved beyond that tense introduction in May, when a white-knuckle handshake that Macron later said was meant to show he's no pushover was widely interpreted as a sign of the fraught relations to come. Trump's brand of "America First" politics had unsettled some European allies.

But the body language in Paris this week suggested their relationship has moved to a new level.