US president saved perception of widespread street asserts, despite his unpopularity, in a France weary of political campaigning
Although some crowds did collect behind riot police strings propping placards with letters such as Save the planet, refuse Trump, the latter are obstructed far from any of the locations Trump visited.
It was not that Trumps visit became without question. The left-leaning daily Libration ran 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 platform with him at the military forces parade.
But even the daily Libration could not make its thoughts up of determining whether Trump was accepted. It publicized two detached editorials, one saying it was a good idea to attempt to bring Trump round to French ideas; another expresses regret that the red carpet was reeled out in such a fawning way.