Macron greets Spanish king with coronavirus-safe namaste

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Welcoming Spain’s king and queen to the Elysée Palace on Wednesday, French President Emmanuel Macron, observing official recommendations to the public to avoid shaking hands amid the coronavirus outbreak, welcomed the pair with a namaste, the gesture of pressing together the palms and bowing as is the custom in India.

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Mindful of the coronavirus outbreak, when French President Emmanuel Macron greeted Spain’s king and queen on Wednesday, he replaced the traditional handshake with an Indian-style namaste, pressing his palms together and bowing slightly, reports Reuters.