He was stabbed by French President Emmanuel Macron during a trip to the south of France. The attacker slapped Macron in the face in Tuesday’s incident, as shown in cell phone footage of the incident, which quickly spread across the internet. Police arrested two people, including the accused.
The incident took place in a community of 6000 people in the Dain-El Hermitage north of Valencia. There, the head of state, wearing a shirt, tie and corona mask, approached the audience behind a barrier to shake hands. A man grabbed the president by the arm, slapped him, and shouted “Down with Macroni” to the media.
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Security forces immediately ousted the president. “The man who tried to stab the president and another person is being investigated by police,” the district said, without any identification.
The slap spread quickly on the internet and immediately dominated the French news. It met with criticism from Macron’s political allies and his opponents. Prime Minister Jean Costex saw this as an attack on “the foundations of our democracy.” “Slapping the president is slapping the Republic,” said Damien Abbott, the angry group leader of the Conservative Republicans. The right-wing populist Marine Le Pen called the slap “deeply reprehensible.”
Macron then underestimated the incident. He is doing well, said the head of Le Dupine Libre, who in his opinion said it was a single act of “serious violence.” However, such people should not dominate the public debate.
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About a year before the presidential election in France, Macron has been on the “Tour de France” for a few days. During the tour, the 43-year-old wants to feel the pulse of the French in his own words in order to express his chances of re-election.
The incident happened ten days before the start of the French regional elections, which is considered an important test of consciousness. Macron will attend a series of international meetings from Friday. The G7 summit in Great Britain begins. (AFP)