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VIDEO: First a flour bomb, now ex-French PM gets a slap on the campaign trail

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VIDEO: First a flour bomb, now ex-French PM gets a slap on the campaign trail
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A man has been arrested for apparently slapping Manuel Valls, just one month after the presidential hopeful was flour bombed on the campaign trail.

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It might be time for Manuel Valls to step up his security.

A young man managed to apparently slap Valls in the face while the presidential hopeful was in Brittany on Tuesday. 

Photo: Screengrab/TMC

Video footage, below, shows an 18-year-old man apparently shaking hands with Valls before he appears to slap him.

The teen is then tackled to the ground by a security guard. 

 
The 18-year-old has since been detained, police said later. 
 
Following the scuffle, Valls told reporters: "I've never been afraid of having contact with French people. Democracy can never mean violence." 
 
The apparent slap came almost exactly a month after Valls was attacked by a flour bomb in Strasbourg, when a protester shouted the words :"49:3 we won't forget it," in reference to the controversial clause used by Valls to force two unpopular bills through parliament without a vote from MPs.
 
Valls announced in December his intentions to run for president, but faces an uphill battle to even win the Socialist primary later this month.
 

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