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President Macron was greeting bystanders when he was slapped

President Macron was greeting bystanders when he was slapped

French President Macron was slapped in the face. The bystander who slapped him is detained.

Where: Tain-l’Hermitage, France

The Facts

▪ President Macron visited a training institution for the hospitality industry when he put his hand out to greet a man in a small gathering of people behind a metal barrier.

▪ The man shouted “Down with Macron” and slapped the President on the left side of his face.

▪ Valence prosecutor Alex Perrin said the police detained the onlooker who slapped Macron and a man accompanying him.

▪ Far-right leader Marine Le Pen tweeted, “It is inadmissible to physically attack the President of the Republic. I am the 1st opponent of Emmanuel Macron, but he is the President: we can fight him politically, but we cannot afford the slightest violence towards him.” (translated)

▪ Former President Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party tweeted, “To attack the President of the Republic is to deal a severe and intolerable blow to our institutions. Faced with this unspeakable gesture, the whole Nation must show solidarity with the Head of State.” (translated)

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