US president saved imagination of widespread street rallies, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning
Although some crowds did amass behind riot police cables bracing placards with words such as Save the planet, fight Trump, the latter are preserved far away from any of the locations Trump visited.
It was not that Trumps visit led without question. The left-leaning daily Libration guided the headline: Pariah in Paris.
The French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, when asked if he would shake Trumps hand, balked and showed it was enough of a concession to simply share a stage with him at members of the military parade.
But even the daily Libration could not make its knowledge up about whether Trump was welcome. It publicized two detached editorials, one saying it was a good meaning was trying to returning Trump round to French impressions; another regretting that the red carpet was rolled out in such a fawning way.