Namaste goes global: French President Gives Indian-Style Welcome To German Chancellor

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Namaste has gone viral yet again, with French President Emmanuel Macron having greeted German Chancellor Angela Merkel with Namaste to avoid shaking hands.

A growing number of world leaders are adopting this Indian greeting method of exchanging pleasantries amidst the COVID-19 crisis.

Worried that shaking hands, hugging and kissing on the cheek — might help spread the virus, Macron and Merkel folded hands in Namaste and bent a little to greet each other.

The video of them opting for the Indian style of greeting has gone viral. This is not the first time that President Macron adopted the ‘namaste’ greeting though. He had done the same while greeting Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia in early March.

Recently, US President Donald Trump and Prince Charles had also opted for the Indian greeting over a handshake. “I just got back from India. And I did not shake any hands there, and it was very easy because they go like this and Japan goes like this,” Trump had said.