As the world cameras watched, Macron held on tight to Trump's notorious power grip as the two men sat next to each other, the Frenchman's mouth clenched and eyes firmly fixed at the tycoon's squinted stare.
May was due to lead a discussion on counter-terrorism with fellow G7 leaders on Friday - including US President Donald Trump - and call for them to put more pressure on internet companies to remove extremist content.
French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday hinted that he failed to woo U.S. President Donald Trump's support on Paris agreement on climate change. But Trump may disappoint on a key global issue facing him after the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation and G7 meetings: the Paris Agreement.
On Saturday, as the summit concluded in Sicily, Macron said in a press conference that he hopes that the U.S.
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. A close-up of the Trump-Macron handshake before a working lunch ahead of NATO Summit in Brussels, Belgium, May 25, 2017.
The French official described an amiable rapport that the two leaders have swiftly struck. "Congratulations, great job", President Trump said.
It's not the first time the two have spoken.
During France's campaign, Trump spoke favorably about only one candidate, Marine Le Pen of the far-right National Front. Trump also said he didn't endorse Le Pen, according to the official, who wasn't authorized to speak publicly on the matter and requested anonymity.
Later, Macron took to Twitter to share his experience about meeting Trump. "We don't want the U.S. to pull out because it would be a very bad signal and lead others to pull out".
The U.S. and French presidents had a warm conversation, the official added, noting Trump appeared to compare himself to Macron by complimenting him on both his business background and for mounting an underdog campaign to become the president. Forewarned, Macron was able to resist Trump's dominance games not just once, but twice during the president's visit to France, stopping the American president from jerking him all around a blue-carpet meetup with a number of world leaders.