French President Emmanuel Macron admitted his infamously long handshake with US President Donald Trump was far from innocent. "You can see Macron trying to get away from the situation - he puts his arms on Trump to stop him pulling him inwards".
Steve Holland, who covers the White House for Reuters, tweeted this: "The photogs noticed that Trump and Macron were gripping their hands hard..."
In an interview with the Journal du Dimanche (JDD), the French president said the long handshake had meaning. Consistently inconsistent, you just never know when it comes to Trump. "One of the things we do with our handshakes is we establish comfort".
In addition to the awkward Abe shake, Trump has foisted his unusual tug-and-pull style on other high-profile figures, including Vice President Mike Pence and Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
The Odoxa poll for France Inter radio and L'Express magazine said Macron's start-up "Republic On The Move" party would come top with 29 percent of votes in the June legislative election, which takes place in two rounds on June 11 and June 18.
He added: "I don't believe in diplomacy through public criticism but through bilateral dialogue".
"I do not let anything pass", he told JDD.
The next day at the G7 summit in Sicily, Italy, Mr Macron attracted attention for his friendly interactions with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The newly-elected French President said he was determind to be no pushover with his American counterpart.
As if that wasn't dramatic enough, the handshaking intensity only grew later in the day when Macron made an apparent beeline from Trump on the blue North Atlantic Treaty Organisation welcome carpet, only to side-step the United States president at the last available moment to embrace German chancellor Angela Merkel, another of Trump's handshake nemesis.
Le Pen had drawn comparisons with Trump for her policies on immigration, and it was thought that Trump would have preferred that she win.