Macron slapped during crowd walkabout (V)

Cheryl Sanders
June 8, 2021

Two people have been arrested after French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man while visiting the commune of Tain-l'Hermitage on Tuesday, an incident that has been widely condemned by political party leaders.

Far-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon stated that he was in solidarity with President Macron saying, "This time you are beginning to understand that the violent take action?"

The French president can be seen greeting the public waiting for him behind barriers in the town of Tain-l'Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants. 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.

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". "He went to meet them and that's where the incident happened".

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

He told journalists: 'Democratic life needs calm and respect, from everybody involved - from political leaders and citizens like.

Prime Minister Jean Castex called for a "Republican awakening, adding: "Democracy is debate, dialogue, expressing legitimate disagreements, but it can not in any way be violence, verbal aggression or physical aggression".

The Royalist slogan 'Montjoie Saint Denis!' was also heard during today's attack.

The French president began a grand tour of France last week ahead of regional elections and next year's presidential vote, with the trip expected to include around a dozen stops over the next two months.

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