French President Emmanuel Macron slapped by man in the crowd

Emmanuel Macron slapped in the face during a walkabout in southern France

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by a man while he stopped to chat with onlookers during a visit to southeast France.

Macron’s security detail quickly intervened when the man slapped the President who had approached a crowd of onlookers standing behind a metal fence, reported CNN. Two people have been arrested in this regard, according to media reports.

“A man indeed tried to hit the President of the Republic. We have no further comments at this point. Exchanges with the crowd and handshakes resumed. The trip continues,” the Elysee – French President’s official residence – said in a statement to CNN.

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