This week, French president Emmanuel Macron became the first Western leader to visit India since the departure of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau.
Where Trudeau’s visit was a textbook disaster in international relations, Macron has apparently been bathing in diplomatic triumph.
Below, a quick rundown of how another handsome, French-speaking, progressive G7 leader out-India’ed Trudeau in almost every conceivable way.
Narendra Modi met him at the airport
There was a lot of talk about how Trudeau got “snubbed” upon his arrival in India. Trudeau was met on the tarmac by Gajendra Shekhawat, the Indian minister for agriculture. Granted, Modi is a busy man who rarely greets visiting dignitaries at the airport. But the Indian prime minister absolutely made time to meet the French president the moment Macron’s feet touched Indian soil. “I think we have very good chemistry,” Macron told a subsequent press conference. In fact, the French leader spent much of his time in India alongside Modi. Trudeau was only able to get attention from the Indian prime minister by literally showing up to India’s equivalent of Rideau Hall.