Man slaps French President Emmanuel Macron across the face, video shows

Man slaps French President Emmanuel Macron across the face, video shows

A man attempted to slap President Emmanuel Macron while the president was on a visit to Tain-l'Hermitage (Drôme) in the southeast of France this afternoon (June 8). The president, meanwhile, is pulled away.

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face as he shook hands in a crowd during a visit to a small town in southern France on Tuesday.

The prosecutor's office of the city of Valence said two men both 28 years old were arrested in the incident, pictures and video of which soon surfaced on social media and also broadcast on the local BFM news channel. After this, Macron's bodyguards quickly intervened and tackled the man.

"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.

While Macron was ushered from the spot of the slap, he remained near the crowd for a few more seconds and also appeared to talk to someone on the other side of the barrier, Reuters said.

The slap is nevertheless likely to spur debate in France about a pernicious political climate just two weeks from the first round of regional elections and 10 months from the presidential contest next April.

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Former President Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party tweeted that the slap was an "unbearable and intolerable blow against our institutions.The entire nation must show solidarity with the head of state".

The incident in the village of Tain-l'Hermitage in the Drome region represents a serious security breach and overshadows the start of Macron's tour which he said was created to "take the country's pulse".

Visibly fuming, she said later that while Mr Macron is her top political adversary, the assault was "deeply, deeply reprehensible".

Village mayors and politicians have been among those targeted by physical assaults, death threats and harassment.

Macron, like his predecessors, enjoys spending time in meet-and-greets with members of the public.

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