US president saved image of pervasive street declarations, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning
Although some crowds did gather behind riot police lines harbouring placards with words such as Save the planet, refuse Trump, they were preserved far from any of the locations Trump visited.
It was not that Trumps visit moved without question. The left-leaning daily Libration passed the headline: Pariah in Paris.
The French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, when asked if he would shake Trumps hand, balked and recommended 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 thoughts up about whether Trump was welcome. It wrote two disconnected editorials, one saying it was a good idea to attempt to accompanying Trump round to French meanings; another regretting that the red carpet was reeled out in such a fawning way.