French President, Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday as he met students and restaurateurs in Southern France on Tuesday.
A video of the incident shows Macron walking up to a man who wore an army green T-shirt before being slapped. The man was immediately held down while Macron was taken to a safe place by his security detail.
Two people have been arrested in connection to the incident, various sources in the French media have reported.
Prime Minister, Jean Castex has described the incident as an affront to democracy in the country.
The attacker was heard chanting “Down with Macronia” (“A Bas La Macronie”) before slapping the President. He was also heard shouting “Montjoie Saint Denis” which was the song of the French army in the Napoleonic years.
The French Presidency said there was an attempted attack on Macron, with the intention of the attacker yet to be known while his identity is also yet to be revealed.
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