On an official visit to the southeast of France, French President Emmanuel Macron was hit in the face.
On a tour to Tain-l’Hermitage outside of Valence, Mr Macron is seen stepping up to a barrier in a video circulating on social media.
Before policemen rush in, a guy smacks Mr Macron in the face. Meanwhile, the president is being dragged away.
According to French media, two males have been detained as a result of the event.
The words “Down with Macron-ism” are screamed as the president is slapped.
Politicians were quick to condemn the act.
Shortly after, Prime Minister Jean Castex addressed the National Assembly that while democracy entailed discussion and genuine dissent, “it must never, in any case, imply violence, verbal aggression, or even physical attack.”
Following the smack, far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon tweeted his “solidarity with the President.”
Marine Le Pen, the far-right leader, issued her own statement, stating that “while democratic debate can be acrimonious, it can never tolerate physical violence.”
President Macron is on a tour of France and recently stopped at a hotel school in Tain-l’Hermitage. Officials said his tour to the area will continue on Tuesday with a visit to a vocational institute for 25- to 30-year-olds.
The president’s visit coincides with a significant step forward for French pubs and restaurants, which will be permitted to return to indoor customers after a seven-month hiatus. On Wednesday, France’s evening curfew will be pushed back from 21:00 to 23:00.
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