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Trumps, Macrons dine high above Paris

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July 14, 2017

Donald Trump has met with Emmanuel Macron in his first visit to Paris as president.

After a white-knuckle handshake in May that President Emmanuel Macron described as a "moment of truth" for Donald Trump, the Frenchman has welcomed the US president to France with smiles and a gentle hand on the shoulder.

If the Brussels handshake, that was followed a day later by Macron's bodyswerve away from Trump at a lineup of leaders, defined the awkward start to their relationship, Thursday's welcome was designed to show a newfound chemistry.

"Emmanuel, nice to see you. This is so beautiful," Trump beamed as he stepped out his limousine and looked back along the cobbled driveway of the Hotel des Invalides in central Paris.

The two men would appear to have little in common. Trump, 71, is an anti-globalist elected on a pledge to "make America great again" who is unpredictable on foreign policy. Macron, 39, is an ardent European integrationist more than three decades younger.

During Trump's visit, they will, nonetheless, seek common ground on diplomatic and military endeavours. Both Trump and Macron have a political interest in building rapport.

After greeting Macron, Trump turned to a white-clad Brigitte Macron, appearing to go for a handshake before holding her shoulders and offering a kiss on the cheeks.

The two presidents, holding the hands of their wives, later walked through the ornate crypt of the 17th century military complex where Napoleon is buried.

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