France's Macron urges Trump to avoid hasty climate change decision

Richard Ferrand a close ally of President Macron was accused of misusing his position to benefit his wifeSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN  AFP  GETTY IMAGES

Richard Ferrand a close ally of President Macron was accused of misusing his position to benefit his wifeSTEPHANE DE SAKUTIN AFP GETTY IMAGES

He has previously commented that he is "not a big fan of the handshake", though has regularly and publicly participated in them since launching his bid for the presidency nearly two years ago. And he finally seems to have met his match.

It took the French president just six seconds to out-Trump Mr Trump in a handshake that showed the world - and a man three decades his senior - that there's a new leader on the world stage.

The contest with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel was an interesting one. He jerked future Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch almost off-balance. "There's a new kid in town.", joked Bloomberg's John Fraher.

Speaking to reporters at the site of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation leaders meeting, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also deflected questions about whether the incident has led him to reevaluate his nation's intelligence-sharing arrangements.

French President Emmanuel Macron told his US counterpart Donald Trump on Thursday not to take any hasty decision on a global climate change deal that the American president had criticized during his campaign.

What's nearly funnier than the handshake itself is Macron's reaction to it. As described in the White House pool report: "Each president gripped the other's hand with considerable intensity, their knuckles turning white and their jaws clenching and faces tightening".

Once those photos made it out of Brussels, Twitter pounced on the Trump-Macron handshake and meme-d them for all they were worth.

"Le swoon, le sigh", tweeted netizen MissMary, above a photo of both leaders in apparent earnest chat.

At the US ambassador's residence in Brussels, Trump congratulated Macron on his "tremendous victory".

After Macron's election victory, Putin, in a change of tack, told him in a congratulatory message that he wanted to put mistrust aside and work with him.

Trump reportedly tried to escape Macron's grip twice, but to no avail.

Overall, Trump has seemed off his game during this trip. The sturdily built Rahmon did not budge.

Trump thanked Macron for France's leadership in counterterrorism efforts in Africa, according to the statement.

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