French President Emmanuel Macron played down on Tuesday an incident in which a man slapped him while meeting a crowd of citizens and journalists in the southeast of the country, blaming “extremely violent” individuals.
“I’m fine. We must put this incident, which I think was an isolated event, into perspective,” he told the Dauphin Libre newspaper in an interview after the incident, which occurred in the village of Tyne-L’Hermitage in the Drome region.
Today, Tuesday, the French police arrested two people, after one of them attacked the French president and slapped him in the face; And that when he stopped to greet the citizens in one of the southeastern regions of the country.
During Macron’s visit, he went to a crowd of citizens to salute them. A young man grabbed the president’s hand and slapped him in the face; Before the President’s security intervened and arrested the assailant, in addition to another person who was accompanying him.
Activists published a video clip on social media, and the clip was spread on local media, showing the French president being slapped by a person.
Macron completed his tour normally, meeting with diners and students and talking about how life can return to normal after the pandemic.