At a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation summit in Belgium in May, the two world leaders met for the first time and engaged in multiple lengthy and awkward handshakes. That show of power was once again on display in the two leaders' Paris encounter. It also follows an even weirder moment where the USA president made his country a pariah by pulling out of the near-unanimous global Paris climate accords, reportedly because he felt slighted by Macron's tough-guy handshake.
Trump said he might soften his climate policy and spoke less harshly than usual against free trade. "And he already said at the press conference, 'You have a handsome, peaceful city". At one point they stop walking and appear to switch to a more casual grip before continuing to jerk each other's arms back and forth.
Weeks after Macron hosted Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Palace of Versailles, Trump will bask in the trappings of the Bastille Day military parade on Friday and commemorations of the entry 100 years ago of US troops into World War One.
Brigitte Trogneux is 64 while her husband, the president is 39.
Trump sat between his wife and Macron on the presidential viewing stand, an overhang shading them from the baking sun.
"You can't analyze this handshake without talking about what happens with [Trogneux]", Wood said.
Le Monde meanwhile ran a two-paragraph story reporting the "compliment" and pointing to past warnings by Mr Trump's detractors that sexist comments could lose him the election.
"It will ... give me great pleasure to have dinner together with you tonight", Macron added, on a day of official engagements also with his wife and with the USA first lady. And very highly unusual, in terms of etiquette.
In that he boasted: "When you're a star, they let you do it".