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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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08:54 CET+01:00
A man has been arrested for apparently slapping Manuel Valls, just one month after the presidential hopeful was flour bombed on the campaign trail.

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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