An attempt by the German President to praise a school for integrating migrant students went embarrassingly wrong after a Muslim student refused to shake his hand.

Joachim Gauck visited the city of Offenbach at the end of November to see a school that has been commended for its attempts to integrate migrants into German society.

Media reports at the time focused on how the politician received a "Rockstar" welcome from students, with news site Focus describing how children said things such as "Wow, it's so cool" and "he's so human", while holding signs in German, Arabic and Russian welcoming their head-of-state.

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