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Ummm, This Video Shows That Modi Wasn't "Awkwardly Hugging" The French President At All

The camera adds 10 pounds and unlimited amounts of awkwardness.

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So remember that viral image of PM Modi awkwardly "hugging" French President Francois Hollande?

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The one that became subject to a bazillion memes...

Trying to find the right spot to place your life size François Hollande action figure

And led to deep dives into the entire history of PM Modi's hugs on publications like Quartz and The Washington Post.

Yeaaaah, turns out that Modi wasn't going for a hug at all. The photo was just clicked at an inopportune moment.

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If you look at the video footage, it's pretty clear that Modi is just directing Hollande to a different spot.


You can watch the entire clip here and see that there really wasn't anything awkward about the meeting:

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(Except maybe the creepy statues behind the two.)

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