Macron and Trump in marathon handshake duel

The unexpected bromance between the leaders of America and France was on full display for the world on Friday at the annual Bastille Day military parade and celebration in Paris.

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This year the event coincided with the 100th anniversary of the US entry into World War I.

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Trump spent a large portion of his day and a half in the French capital in the embrace of Macron, who went to extraordinary lengths to impress the US president by turning a day of national pride into a celebration of American patriotism and friendship between the two countries.

French President Emmanuel Macron shakes hands with US President Donald Trump after the Bastille Day military parade in Paris AAP

Trump and Macron exchanged 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.

As Trump prepared to head home to the US, 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.

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