VIDEO: Macron slapped in face while on tour of France

VIDEO: Macron slapped in face while on tour of France
Emmanuel Macron was visiting south east France. Photo: Bertrand Guay/AFP
Two people have been arrested after French president Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face as he greeted members of the public while on a visit to southern France.

Video showed the president greeting members of the public in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage before a man in a green T-shirt grasped his hand as if about to shake it and then slapped him in the face.

The man uttered the cry ‘Montjoie Saint-Denis’ – originally a Medieval French battlecry that has since become associated with the far right. 

The president is said by his entourage, who also confirmed the authenticity of the video, to be unhurt and two people have been arrested.

“The man who tried to slap the president and another individual are currently being questioned by the gendarmerie,” the préfecture said in a statement.

“Around 1.15 pm, the president got back into his car after visiting a high school and came back out because onlookers were calling out to him,” the prefecture said.

“He went to meet them and that’s where the incident happened,” it added.

Macron was visiting the south east French département of Drôme, part of his grand tour of France to ‘take the pulse of the nation’ – widely seen as the beginning of his bid for re-election in 2022.

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Shortly before being slapped, Macron had been asked to comment on recent remarks from far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon who suggested at the weekend that next year’s election would be manipulated

“Democratic life needs calm and respect, from everyone, politicians as well as citizens,” Macron said.

“Politics can never be violence, verbal aggression, much less physical aggression,” Prime Minister Jean Castex told parliament after the latest incident.


Member comments

  1. C’est triste de lire du journalisme déformé et ignorant affirmant que c’est un anarchiste qui l’a giflé et puis plus bas en disant que c’était quelqu’un d’extrême droite. Les anarchistes ne viennent pas d’extrême droite, bien au contraire. Employez des personnes qui ont des cellules entre les oreilles.

  2. It is sad to read distorted and ignorant journalism stating that it was an anarchist who slapped him and then further down saying it was someone from the far Right. Anarchists do not come from the far right, quite the opposite. Employ people who have some cells between the ears.

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