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FILE - In this May 25, 2017 file photo, President Donald Trump shakes hands with French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Brussels. Trump hasn’t done a lot of public speaking during his big trip abroad. But the president’s body language and that of those around him has spoken volumes. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)

France's president said his white-knuckle handshake with Trump wasn't 'innocent'


Apparently, as many of us suspected, that prolonged awkward handshake between French President Emmanuel Macron and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump had a deeper meaning. 

"My handshake with him, it wasn't innocent," Macron told the Journal du Dimanche in an article published Sunday. "It's not the alpha and the omega of politics, but a moment of truth."

Here's a look at the handshake that made headlines on Thursday.

Macron added that his handshake reflects his leadership style. 

 "One must show that you won't make small concessions, even symbolic ones, but also not over-publicize things, either," he told the French newspaper. 

Trump and Macron held the handshake for so long that their knuckles started turning white. Still, the French leader held the shake just a few seconds longer. 

Macron, however, isn't the only leader to have a memorable handshake with Trump.

Check out Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's reaction to a Trump handshake.

Oh, and, who could forget this "tug and pull?" 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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