French President slapped in the face during tour of France


KATE FELDMAN

New York Daily News

French President Emmanuel Macron got an unpleasant welcome in Tain-l’Hermitage Tuesday.

In the middle of a tour around the country, Macron stopped at a local high school Tuesday, where students are trained to work in hotels and restaurants, as France stands poised to lift more COVID-19 restrictions.

On his way out, Macron made his way to the blocked-off crowd and began greeting what he presumably thought were fans. Instead, in a now viral video, a man in a green T-shirt slapped the president across the face.

Bodyguards quickly rushed in and pulled Macron away.

Two people were taken into custody, according to local French media. It’s unclear what role the second person played.

“Through the head of state, that’s democracy that has been targeted,” Prime Minister Jean Castex said in an address to the National Assembly.

“Democracy is about debate, dialogue, confrontation of ideas, expression of legitimate disagreements, of course, but in no case it can be violence, verbal assault and even less physical assault.”

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