Le Klap: French president Macron slapped across the face [WATCH]

French President Emmanuel Macron reached out for a handshake, while on a regional tour, but received a high-five to the face instead on Tuesday, 8 June, when a man in southeast France slapped him across the face.

MACRON SLAPPED

Images broadcast by French television news channel BFM, showed Macron, 43, approaching the barrier which separated the president and his entourage of bodyguards from the crowd. A video clip of the incident also quickly made its way to social media, where it spread like wildfire.

Macron stretched his hand to shake a man – who was wearing a green shirt’s – hand when he was slapped across the face. The presidential guard quickly move in and take hold of the assailant. The words “Down with Macron-ism” were reportedly shouted mid-slap.

The incident took place in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage in the Drome region of the country. According to AFP, a French official said two people were detained after the slap.

“The man who tried to slap the president and another individual are currently being questioned by the gendarmerie,” said the regional prefecture in a statement.

“Around 13:15, the president got back into his car after visiting a high school and came back out because onlookers were calling out to him,” added the prefecture. “He went to meet them and that’s where the incident happened.”

The stop in Tain-l’Hermitage was just the second out of a dozen destinations and represents a serious breach of security and casts a shadow on Macron’s country-wide tour. The president was reportedly excited to meet voters in person after a year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He is widely expected to run for re-election in France’s presidential elections in 2021. According to AFP, the polls suggest Macron has a narrow lead over far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Additional reporting by AFP.

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Presh JM Reporter

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