French President Emmanuel Macron slapped slapped by man in crowd

08 Juin, 2021, 17:52 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • French President Emmanuel Macron

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by a man in a crowd of onlookers while on a walkabout in southern France, a video of the incident showed.

"The man who tried to slap the president and another individual are now being questioned by the gendarmerie", the statement added.

'Then the man slapped the President in the face, before Mr Macron was pulled away by security guards'.

Images broadcast by French television news channel BFM, showed Macron, 43, approaching the barrier which separated the president and his entourage of bodyguards from the crowd.

According to a report from broadcaster BFMTV, two people were arrested immediately after the assault on the French head of state on a charge of "willful violence against a person in charge of public authority". "He went to meet them and that's where the incident happened".

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"Politics can in no way be about violence, verbal aggression, much less physical aggression.we are all concerned, this concerns the foundations of our democracy", Castex said, speaking at a session of the National Assembly.

Two people were arrested following the incident in the village of Tain-l'Hermitage in the Drome region where Macron had been meeting restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the Covid restrictions were eased. He was heard yelling "A Bas La Macronie" (Down with Macron) and "Montjoie Saint Denis" (a battle cry of the French armies when the country was still a monarchy) before slapping the leader.

He is widely expected to run for re-election in France's presidential elections in 2021.

Macron is visiting a town in southeastern France as part of a whistle-stop tour of the country.

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