French President Emanuel Macron was slapped Tuesday by a man as he interacted with the public during an official visit to the south-east of France.
The incident was captured on video. Macron can be seen approaching a metal fence, where he and a man wearing a green T-shirt, glasses, and a face mask on the other side of the fence clasp arms before the man slaps him across his cheek with his other hand.
The Security Group for the Presidency of the Republic, a security detail reportedly made up of 77 people, quickly wrestled the man to the ground and pulled Macron away. However, Macron can be seen approaching the fence and interacting with the public once more afterwards.
The man reportedly yelled “Down with Macron-ism” as he slapped Macron, along with “Montjoie, Saint-Denis,” the battle-cry and motto of the Kingdom of France, supposedly referring Charlemagne’s banner.
The man, 28, has been arrested in connection with the incident, along with another 28-year-old man who was with