US president saved image of widespread street protests, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning
Although some crowds did reap behind riot police wrinkles harbouring placards with meanings such as Save the planet, fight Trump, they were kept far from any of the locations Trump visited.
It was not that Trumps visit extended without question. The left-leaning daily Libration ranged the headline: Pariah in Paris.
The French environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, when asked if he would shake Trumps hand, balked and advocated 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 sentiment up about whether Trump was welcome. It produced two separate editorials, one saying it was a good theory to attempt to making Trump round to French intuitions; another regretting that the red carpet was wheeled out in such a fawning way.