In videos, it was perhaps less intimate than it appears in photos. Regardless, social media users took the bait.
For some Indians, the hug was an embarrassment and Hollande's awkward turn was a sign that it was a snafu.
But Modi has been hugging world leaders and other important people for years. It seems unlikely he'll stop now. Biographer Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay has said the hugs are a conscious effort to make clear he's on the same level as those he is meeting." He's trying to tell the world that he's an equal, a friend and he's very affectionate," Mukhopadhyay told the BBC last year. "Mr Modi is a performer."
Here's a small selection of the Modi hug in action.
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