French President Emmanuel Macron French President Emanuel Macron has been slapped by a man in the village of Tain-I’Hermitage in the Southeast parts of the country.
According to video footage shared by CNN affiliate BFM, Macron was on Tuesday, June 8, slapped hard in the face as he walked to acknowledge greeting from citizens.
The man, who appeared to first express interest in greeting Macron, appeared to suddenly changed his mind and pulled the president close before slapping him hard in the face.
Macron’s bodyguards immediately swung into action tackling the man while pulling the Head of State away from the crowd.
“The man indeed tried t hit the President of the Republic. We have no further comments at this point. Exchanges with the crowd and handshake resumed. The trip continues,” a statement from the presidency said.
According to CNN, the perpetrator shouted “Monjoie Saint-Denis” moments before he slapped Macron.
So far several suspects have since been arrested including two 28-year-old men.
One of the suspects is believed to have been the one who slapped the President while the other suspect was accompanying the culprit.
They are both being held for alleged violence against a person holding public authority, the prosecutor’s office of the city of Valence told CNN.
Officials in the country have condemned the move, saying the President’s attack was an unacceptable move.
Marine Le Pen, who is Macron;s biggest political opponent in a press confence told journalists that physically attacking the Presiden was “Unacceptable.”
“We can attack him politically but any violence against him should be condemned in a democracy,” she said.