Paris: Two males have been arrested within the incident the place French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped within the face whereas he was visiting the nation`s south-east as half of his nationwide tour.
The prosecutor`s workplace of town of Valence mentioned two males each 28 years outdated have been arrested within the incident, footage and video of which quickly surfaced on social media and likewise broadcast on the native BFM information channel.
The arrested duo have been positioned in police custody for violence in opposition to an individual holding public authority, the Valence prosecutor`s workplace mentioned.
Footage shared by CNN-affiliate BFM confirmed Macron strolling as much as a steel fence and clasping the arm of a person within the crowd as he started to greet onlookers within the Drome area of France.
The man grabbed onto the provided arm earlier than slapping the French President throughout his left cheek whereas yelling for the top of `Macronie` – a contemptuous phrase used for Macron`s presidency.
Macron`s safety element shortly intervened, tackling the person whereas pulling the president away from the steel barrier.
Moments earlier than slapping Macron, the perpetrator can be heard shouted: “Montjoie! Saint-Denis!” – which was used as a medieval battle cry utilized by the Capetian royal dynasty, which dominated France from the tenth to the 18th century.
In a press release, Elysee mentioned: “A person certainly tried to hit the President of the Republic. We don’t have any additional feedback at this level. Exchanges with the gang and handshakes resumed. The journey continues.”
During a press convention, far-right chief Marine Le Pen, Macron`s largest political opponent, mentioned bodily attacking the President was “unacceptable”.
“We can assault him politically however any violence in opposition to him needs to be condemned in a democracy,” she mentioned.
This comes as France`s presidential elections are lower than a yr away and the nation simply weeks from regional elections on June 20 and June 27.
Meanwhile, Macron isn’t the primary French politician to be attacked in public, reported CNN.
In January 2017, former Prime Minister Manuel Valls, who was on the time the left-wing candidate within the presidential main, was visiting Lamballe in Brittany when a younger man struck him earlier than being overpowered by the safety companies.
Valls was Prime Minister between 2014 and 2016 underneath President Francois Hollande.
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