PARIS | Tapping Trump’s thigh, Macron seeks to defuse tensions

PARIS | Tapping Trump’s thigh, Macron seeks to defuse tensions

PARIS— First the never-ending handshake, then the dandruff brush — and now the thigh tap?

U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron have had an unusual relationship since their first white-knuckle handshake at a NATO meeting last year, as newly elected Macron appeared to be trying to match the American president on the world stage.

When Macron went to Washington in April, Trump was unusually affectionate, brushing flecks off the French leader’s shoulder that he called dandruff and calling Macron “perfect.”

Yet tensions between the men have grown in recent months.

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