French President Emmanuel Macron has been slapped in the face during an official visit to his country in the southeast of France
In a video going viral on social media platforms, Mr Macron is seen walking up a barrier on an official visit Tan-l’Hermitage outside the city of Valence.
A man wearing a green T-shirt slaps Mr Macron in the face, before police officers move quickly to stop the man as the president is pulled over.
Two people have been arrested since the incident, French media reports.
The man reportedly shouted “down with Macron-ism” as he slapped the French president.
In the video, President Macron briefly returned to the barrier after the incident and once again interacted with the crowd.
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The reason and identity of the slapping is not yet clear. The local prefecture said he and another man were being questioned by the gendarmerie, in a statement first reported by AFP news agency.
police officers stood on the streets valence According to a tweet by a French journalist, soon after the slapping incident.
The country’s politicians have swiftly condemned the incident.
The Prime Minister of France, Jean Casteux, said in the National Assembly shortly afterwards that while it remained that democracy meant both debate and legitimate dissent “it could never mean less violence, verbal aggression and even less physical”. There should not be an attack”.
far left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon He also tweeted his “solidarity with the President” soon after the incident.
And a far-right leader within the country, Marine Le Pen, made his own condemnation of the violence, saying that “while the democratic debate may be bitter, it can never tolerate physical violence”.
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President Macron is currently on a visit to France and recently visited a hotel school in the Tan-l’Hermitage. With a visit to a vocational institution for 25-30-year-olds, officials said their tour of the area would continue on Tuesday as well.
The president’s visit comes on the eve of a major move for French bars and restaurants, which will be able to reopen to indoor customers after seven months of closure. French overnight curfew Wednesday is also being pushed back from 21:00 to 23:00.
“Tomorrow, a new step will be taken,” Mr Macron tweeted after his visit to the hotel school.
“Life will resume in all our areas!”
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