Macron was warned about Trump's awkwardly aggressive handshake before their meeting

French President Emmanuel Macron says his now famous white-knuckle handshake showdown with his United States counterpart Donald Trump was "a moment of truth" - created to show that he's no pushover.

Yet another handshake wrestle followed the snub, as Trump imposed on Macron the full force of his trademark grab-and-pull maneuvers with Macron having to hold onto Trump's arm for leverage.

The handshake came on the same day as another apparent stunt by Macron - when he walked toward the world leaders and appeared to swerve away from Trump in order to shake hands with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

"My handshake with him, it's not innocent", Macron told the Journal du Dimanche in an interview published on Sunday.

"Donald Trump, the Turkish president or the Russian president see relationships in terms of a balance of power".

In February, Trump's lengthy handshake with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe went viral.

But Trump seemed to change his tune when meeting with Macron, with Trump reportedly saying "you were my guy" when the two met for their handshake matchup.

"Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar", is a saying attributed to Sigmund Freud that cautions us about the danger of over-analysing things.

"Yes!" replied Araud, imitating Trump's tight handshake grip. "You have to show you won't make small concessions - not even symbolic ones." . "I don't believe in the diplomacy of public invective, but in my bilateral dialogues, I don't let anything pass, that is how we are respected", he said.

Other recent polls have also suggested Macron's party would displace the left-wing Socialists as the largest party in the lower house of parliament and outrank the conservatives.

"When Mr. Trump greeted Emmanuel Macron, France's new president, they grabbed each other's hands, jaws clenched, in an extended grip that turned Mr. Trump's knuckles white", The New York Times wrote.

Le Pen had drawn comparisons with Trump for her policies on immigration, and it was thought that Trump would have preferred that she win.

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