"I want us to win the fight against terrorists in Syria and build together lasting political stability".
Mr Macron, who was elected three weeks ago, had information that groups tied to Russian Federation had tried to hack his campaign - which Mr Putin denied - and propel rumours about him in Russia-backed news outlets. He had been due to attend the inauguration of the cathedral in October, but he cancelled the trip to France after then President Francois Hollande accused Russian Federation of war crimes in Syria and refused to give him a red carpet welcome.
"The use of chemical weapons by anyone will be the object of reprisals and immediate retaliation on the part of France", he said.
After Moscow lost its bets in the French vote, the visit offers the Russian leader a chance to turn the page and try to establish ties with Macron as the Kremlin has struggled to mend a bitter rift in relations with the West.
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Russia's powerful ambassador to France, Alexander Orlov, said he hoped the meeting could help turn the page on the fraught relationship between Putin and Macron's predecessor Francois Hollande.
Putin also noted certain differences, but said that both of them view many issues in a similar way, and that French-Russian relations could be "qualitatively" improved. Macron said it was essential to talk with all actors in the Syria conflict, including representatives of Assad.
Monday's meeting - during which Macron and Putin were also scheduled to tour an exhibition marking the 300th anniversary of Russian Czar Peter the Great's trip to Paris - was scheduled to discuss weighty topics, including the crises in Syria and Ukraine.
The leaders' first handshakes - relatively brief and cordial - after Putin climbed out of his limousine at Versailles were far less macho than Macron's now famous who-will-blink-first handshake showdown with President Donald Trump when the two leaders met for the first time last week. Putin has used this opportunity to bring up this issue since western nation has imposed a sanction on Russian Federation after it annexed Crimea in 2014.Both Macron and Putin agreed to revive joint working groups, and to reconvene talks with Germany.
During the campaign, Macron backed expanded sanctions if there were no progress with Moscow implementing a peace accord for eastern Ukraine, where Kiev's forces have been battling pro-Russian separatists.
Putin later went on to visit a newly opened Russian Orthodox cathedral in Paris.