Macron slapped in face on high school visit

Macron slapped in face on high school visit

Macron slapped in face on high school visit

French President Emmanuel Macron received an unpleasant welcome during a tour of a village in the department of Drome, southeastern France on Tuesday, when an unidentified man slapped him in the face as he approached local residents to shake hands.

The footage, shared by CNN-affiliate BFM, showed Macron walking up to a metal fence and clasping the arm of a man in the crowd as he began to greet onlookers.

A man slaps Mr Macron in the face before officers quickly move in.

According to a report from broadcaster BFMTV, two people were arrested immediately after the assault on the French head of state on a charge of "willful violence against a person in charge of public authority".

"Around 1:15 pm (1115 GMT), the president got back into his vehicle 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".

Mr Macron was in La Drôme to meet restaurant owners, ahead of Wednesday's easing of Covid-19 restrictions in France.

The centrist is widely expected to seek re-election in next year's presidential elections and polls show him with a narrow lead over far-right leader Marine Le Pen. "We have no further comment to make at this stage", said an Elysée official on Tuesday.

He told journalists: 'Democratic life needs calm and respect, from everybody involved - from political leaders and citizens like.

Macron is now on a "Tour de France" to 'take the pulse of the country, ' according to the Elysee Palace.

Just a few minutes after the attack, Macron's ally, Prime Minister Jean Castex, took the floor of the National Assembly where he warned of attacks on 'the foundations of democracy'.

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