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French President Emmanuel Macron slapped in face by onlooker in south-eastern France - ABC News

French President Emmanuel Macron has been slapped in the face by a man in a crowd of onlookers during a visit to south-eastern France.

The incident took place while Mr Macron was on a visit to the Drome region, where he met restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local media reported that two people were arrested in connection with the incident, which was shared widely on social media.

Mr Macron, dressed in shirt sleeves, could be seen walking towards a crowd of well-wishers who were behind a metal barrier.

The French President reached out his hand to greet one man, in a green T-shirt, with glasses and a face mask.

The man could be heard shouting out "Down with Macronia" ("A Bas La Macronie") and then he delivered a slap to Mr Macron's face.

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Two of Mr Macron's security detail tackled the man in the green T-shirt, while another ushered Mr Macron away. 

Mr Macron is yet to comment on the incident.

Speaking at the National Assembly, Prime Minister Jean Castex said "through the head of state, that's democracy that has been targeted", in comments prompting loud applause from those in attendance.
 
"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," Mr Castex said.
 
Far-right leader Marine Le Pen firmly condemned the incident on Twitter as "the intolerable physical aggression targeting the president of the Republic".
 
She later said that while Mr Macron is her top political adversary, the assault was "deeply, deeply reprehensible".

The identify of the man who slapped Mr Macron, and his motives, were unclear.

Other words the man shouted during the incident, "Montjoie Saint Denis," was the battle cry of the French armies when the country was still a monarchy.

Reuters

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