US president saved eyesight of pervasive street dissents, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning

The US president, Donald Trump, left Paris smiling on Friday after a 24 -hour visit in which he was not troubled by the large proofs he had feared if he came to London.

Although some crowds did muster behind riot police boundaries impounding banners with words such as Save the planet, balk Trump, they were maintained far away from any of the locations Trump visited.

It was not that Trumps visit became without question. The left-leaning daily Libration flowed the headline: Pariah in Paris.

The French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, when asked if he would shake Trumps hand, balked and intimated it was enough of a concession to simply share a programme with him at the military forces parade.

But even the daily Libration could not make its sentiment up about whether Trump was accepted. It produced two separate editorials, one saying it was a good idea to attempt to bring Trump round to French thoughts; another expresses regret that the red carpet was reeled out in such a fawning way.