French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by a man in a crowd of onlookers during his visit to the Drome region in south-eastern France, video of the incident showed.
Macron’s security entourage quickly intervened to pull the man to the ground and move Macron away from him. Two people were arrested in connection with the incident, broadcasters BFM TV and RMC radio reported.
Emmanuel Macron Slap Video:
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The incident took place while Macron was on a trip to the Drome region in south-eastern France, where he met restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic.
In video circulating on social media, Macron, dressed in shirt sleeves, could be seen walking towards a crowd of well-wishers who were behind a metal barrier and gets slapped.
The French president reached out his hand to greet one man, in a green T-Shirt, with glasses and a face mask. The man then shouted out loud “Down with Macronia” (à bas la Macronie) and then delivered a slap to Emmanuel Macron’s face.
The identity of the man who slapped Macron, and his motives, were unclear. French Prime Minister Jean Castex said the incident was an affront to democracy.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.