US president spared eyesight of pervasive street asserts, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning
Although some crowds did amass behind riot police lines viewing placards with contents such as Save the planet, balk Trump, they were retained far away from any of the locations Trump visited.
It was not that Trumps visit extended without question. The left-leaning daily Libration led the headline: Pariah in Paris.
The French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, when asked if he would shake Trumps hand, balked and proposed it was enough of a concession to simply share a pulpit with him at the military parade.
But even the daily Libration could not make its thoughts up about whether Trump was welcome. It published two separate editorials, one saying it was a good idea was trying to introducing Trump round to French feelings; another regretting that the red carpet was wheeled out in such a fawning way.