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Elaf from BeirutA man slapped French President Emmanuel Macron during a tour of southeastern France, Tuesday. The French BMF network published a video showing the moment Macron approached a crowd to salute, before someone attacked him.
After shaking hands with him, the man who was shouting “Down with the macaroni” surprised the French president with a slap in the face before the security men intervened. The clip also shows Macron’s bodyguards quickly intervening to lure the man to the ground, away from the president.
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It is clear from the video, which was circulated on social media, that the accident occurred after Macron visited a school in the town of Tine-L’Hermitage. When the French president approached a group of citizens who were waiting for him, he grabbed one hand and slapped Macron with his other hand.
The French TV channel BFMTV reported that the Elysee Palace confirmed the incident, noting that it was not about the slap, but about an attempt to direct it. The channel added that two people were arrested following the attack.