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Man Slaps French President Macron

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French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face while greeting a crowd in southeast France on Tuesday.

French President Emmanuel Macron

Video footage on social media showed Macron approach a barrier to meet and shake hands with voters, where a man in a green T-shirt took hold of his elbow and said a few words before slapping him.

Macron’s bodyguards quickly intervened and two people were detained afterward, local officials said.

“At around 1:15 pm (1115 GMT) the president got into his car after visiting a high school, but got back out because onlookers were calling to him,” the prefecture for the Drome region said.

“He went to meet them and that’s when the incident took place,” it said.

Macron continued his trip afterwards, said an aide, who described the incident as an “attempted slap” though video footage appeared to show the man making contact with the president’s face.

On the video of the incident, someone can be heard shouting “Down with Macronism!”

Macron, who remains a highly divisive figure, is widely expected to seek a second term in next year’s presidential elections and polls show him with a narrow lead over far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

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