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French President Emmanuel Macron Gets Slapped By a Man

French President Emmanuel Macron Gets Slapped By a Man”

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).

Video footage on social media showed Macron approach a barrier to meet and shake hands with voters, where a man in a green T-shirt took hold of his elbow and said a few words before slapping him.

The man could be heard shouting out "Down with Macronia" ("ABas La Macronie") and then he slapped Macron in the face. Macron's security entourage quickly intervened to pull the man to the ground and move Macron away from him.

French news broadcaster BFM TV said two people have been detained by police in the wake of the slap.

The man reportedly shouted "Down with Macron-ism" as he slapped the president. Macron's security detail immediately rushed in to detain the man, with local gendarmerie also stepping in to assist.

The identify of the man who attacked Macron, and his motives, were unclear.

French media later described the attacker as an "anarchist".

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"Democratic life needs calm and respect, from everyone, politicians as well as citizens", Macron said.

'In a democracy, opponents can express themselves freely, on the street, in the press, on television, and through the ballot box. "Saint-Denis!" - which was used as a medieval battle cry used by the Capetian royal dynasty, which ruled France from the 10th to the 18th century.

Mr Macron has not commented yet on the incident and continued his visit.

The attack follows mounting concerns in France about violence targeting elected officials, particularly after the often-violent "yellow vest" economic protest movement that repeatedly clashed with riot officers in 2019.

In 2016 - before he became President a year later - Mr Macron was pelted with eggs by Communist Party members outside a post office in the Paris suburb of Montreuil.

Less than one year before France's next presidential election, centrist Macron embarked last week on a political "tour de France", saying he plans to visit French regions in the coming months to "feel the pulse of the country" as the government works to revive the nation's pandemic-hit economy. His successor, Hollande, was showered with flour the next year, months before winning the presidential election.



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