JEAN-CLAUDE Junker appeared to mock Theresa May when he greeted her at her last summit as a Conservative leader, a leading body language expert has revealed.
Judi James said the Prime Minister looked “edgy” and “on the receiving end of what looks a ritual of mock surprise, shock and sympathy” from the EU chief.
James also analysed the moment May came face to face with Emmanuel Macron in the wake of her downfall- and described French president’s demeanour as “smug rather than sympathetic”.
Humiliated May met a host of EU bigwigs who helped kill her Brexit dream when she arrived at the European Council in Brussels this evening.
Initially, May appeared much cheerier than just four days ago when she broke down in tears while delivering her resignation speech in Downing Street.
Speaking to Sun Online, James said there was an “air of relief bordering on jollity” as May chatted with some of the EU leaders.
She explained: “Her eye-wrinkling and symmetric open-mouth smile suggest she’s having a few rare moments of genuine fun.”
But as soon as May met Junker and Macron, May’s body language became “much more complex, wary and cool”, according to James.
Last time she [May] met with Junker she turned from some warm-looking meet and greets and her face literally dropped when she set eyes on him. Her approach here is less frosty, but only marginally so.
Comparing the moment May greeted Junker to a previous meeting, James added: “Last time she [May] met with Junker she turned from some warm-looking meet and greets and her face literally dropped when she set eyes on him.
“Her approach here is less frosty, but only marginally so.”
James suggested that May tried to create distance between herself and Junker.
She said: “Her approach looks edgy as she instigates the greeting ritual, leaning from a distance to create space between the torsos.”
James also believes May was trying to exercise an element of control by patting Junker’s arm.
“Her right hand clutches his bicep in what looks like a gesture of control and she pats his arm quickly to signal the moment she wants to break from the ‘embrace’,” James explained.
But Macron’s greeting was more in the manner of a “concerned parent”, she said, adding that Macron’s
“slightly down-turned smile looks smug rather than sympathetic”.
James said: “He [Macron] looks like a man worried that leadership resignations might be contagious.
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“His pace is set at a rush and although he initially holds both his arms out in an ‘empty embrace’ gesture to suggest warmth.
“He performs a speedy greeting before walking off – but he also grabs May’s right arm above the elbow for a moment as he is moving on in what looks like a very quick salute for a fallen colleague.”
Theresa May will continue as interim Prime Minister until her successor is in place at the end of July.
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When May met Junker her body language became much more complex, wary and cool, said James[/caption]
Initially, May appeared much cheerier with her ‘eye wrinkling’[/caption]