Even then, Trump held on to Macron's hand as he shook hands with Macron's wife, Brigitte.
The parade coupled traditional displays of military might with a look at wars past and present - and a nod to the USA role in both.
"Donald Trump listened to me".
Seen as no more than a diplomatic photo-op, Trump's visit to France drew limited expectations for concrete results, said Stahl. Macron invited Trump to be the guest of honor at Friday's celebration, which also commemorates the 100th anniversary of the USA entry into World War I.
President Donald Trump says it was a "great honor" to represent the U.S.at the annual Bastille Day parade in Paris.
President Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump marked France s national day together on Friday at a military parade which clearly delighted the USA leader and showcased warming relations between the two men.
TRUMP: French and American patriots have fought together, bled together and died together in the fight for our countries and our civilizations.
France is America's first and oldest ally. His presidential campaign was rocked in October by the release of a 2005 "Access Hollywood" tape in which he talked about grabbing women by the crotch. The goodbye handshake between the Trumps and the Macrons will go down in history as the most awkward and drawn-out interaction between world leaders ever.
"The signal was that France is back again - now, whether that's lasting, only time will tell".
President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the Paris climate agreement loomed over his visit to the city Thursday, with both he and French President Emmanuel Macron acknowledging that the prickly topic came up during their private discussions.
If the USA is not interested in taking part in combating this global challenge, he said, Europe will look to other partners.
Macron supports intervention against Syria's government in response to its use of chemical weapons and could prove an important ally as the Trump administration seeks to increase pressure against Damascus.
The parade concludes a visit which Mr Macron hoped would boost France's standing on the world stage, despite disagreeing with his American counterpart on policy issues such as climate change.
It was just one way in which Macron rolled out France's red carpet for Trump, following the same program laid out by Saudi Arabia during Trump's first foreign trip as president, in late May.
The two men are much farther apart on the threat posed by climate change, though Trump said vaguely there could be some movement there.