President Trump and Emmanual Macron share another long handshake

Before President Trump bid good bye to France, he made time — 25 seconds to be exact — to shake hands with French President Emmanuel Macron and his wife again.

It started off as most shakes do but quickly escalated into hand-holding, as the politicians continued to hold on to the other as they proceeded to walk down a brick street.

Both Trump and Macron hung on tight as they chatted for several more seconds, the Republic president patting Macron’s hand several times for good measure.

At one point, Trump offered a hug to the French first lady, who was sucked into the handshake herself immediately after.

French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, shakes hands with U.S President Donald Trump while First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, left, walk on sides after the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris Friday, July 14, 2017.

French President Emmanuel Macron, second left, shakes hands with U.S President Donald Trump while First Lady Melania Trump and Brigitte Macron, left, walk on sides after the Bastille Day military parade on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris Friday, July 14, 2017.

(Christophe Archambault/AP)

Trump and Brigitte Macron also enjoyed a bizarre interaction when he first touched down in Paris on Thursday to participate in the country’s Bastille Day celebrations. The pair shared an awkward embrace before Trump grabbed hold of a few of her fingers and started waving her arm around.

He also reportedly told her: “You’re in such good shape… beautiful.”

The 45th president has also had his share of strange exchanges with the 39-year-old leader of France. At a meeting in Brussels, both men were left white-knuckled and tense following their first-ever handshake in May.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) talks to US President Donald J. Trump (R) while attending the traditional military parade as part of the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

French President Emmanuel Macron (L) talks to US President Donald J. Trump (R) while attending the traditional military parade as part of the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris.

(IAN LANGSDON/EPA)

Macron and Trump exchanged a similarly odd shake during the G20 summit, where the French President also pushed through several world leaders to stand next to the Republican during a photo opportunity.

Trump’s handshake with Macron on Friday also broke the record for his longest with a foreign leader. The title previously belonged to a 19-second shake he shared with Japanene Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in February.

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