Emmanuel Macron is currently on the “Tour de France” in his home country to raise the mood among the people sound out. He was not welcomed warmly everywhere. A citizen was assaulted.
French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped by a man on a trip to the south of France. The attacker slapped Macron in the face in the incident on Tuesday, as shown in cell phone footage of the incident, which quickly spread across the Internet. The police arrested two people, including the alleged perpetrator, the prefecture said.
The incident took place in the 6,000-inhabitant community of Tain-l’Hermitage north of Valence. There, the head of state, dressed in a shirt, tie and corona mask, approached onlookers behind a barrier to shake hands. A man held the president by the arm, slapped him and, according to the media, shouted “Down with Macronie”.
Security forces immediately pulled the president away. “The man who tried to slap the president and another individual will be questioned by the police,” said the prefecture, without any identity information.
Almost a year before the presidential election in France, Macron has been on the “Tour de France” for a few days. During the tour, the 43-year-old wants to “feel the pulse” of the French in his own words in order to sound out his chances for re-election. The incident occurred a good ten days before the start of the French regional elections, which are considered an important test of sentiment. Macron will take part in a series of top international meetings starting Friday. The G7 summit in Great Britain will kick off.