French President Macron Slapped In The Face During Trip To South

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man on Tuesday during a visit to a small town in southeastern France, France24 reports.

Macron was greeting the public waiting for him behind barriers in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants.

French news broadcaster BFM TV said two people have been detained by police.

The man, who was wearing a mask, appears to have cried out “Montjoie! Saint Denis!” a centuries-old royalist war cry, before finishing with “A bas la Macronie,” or “Down with Macron.”

The incident prompted a wide show of support for French politicians from all sides, with far-right leader Marine Le Pen describing it on Twitter as “intolerable physical aggression targeting the president of the Republic.”

Former President Francois Hollande of the Socialist Party tweeted that the assault is an “unbearable and intolerable blow against our institutions … The entire nation must show solidarity with the head of state.”

Watch the incident in the video below:

 

More: France24.com

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