French President Emmanuel Macron was subjected to an embarrassing situation today, Tuesday, after a man standing in a crowd while the president was touring the south of the country, slapped him in the face, according to a video clip of the incident.
French and international media highlighted the video clip of Macron’s slap, which grabbed the spotlight on social media platforms and was widely circulated and shared.
In the circulating video, French President Emmanuel Macron appears to extend his hand to shake hands with the man who asked for the handshake; But the man shouted “Down with the macaroni” and then slapped Macron in the face.
Immediately, the security entourage accompanying the French president quickly intervened and threw the man to the ground and removed Macron from him, and the police arrested two people in connection with the incident.
Macron is not the first French president to be slapped
The slap inflicted on French President Emmanuel Macron brought to mind a number of situations faced by presidents and politicians in the world, most notably throwing a shoe at President George W. Bush.
In June 2011, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was subjected to an attack similar to that of Macron, in a mass gathering; A man in a crowd of Sarkozy tried to grab the former president by the shoulder and knock him to the ground before security officers confronted him and detained him.
Former French President François Hollande, as he was preparing to run for the French presidential elections in February 2012, faced an embarrassing situation after a French woman showered him with flour while giving his speech at a homeless charity.
Presidents have been exposed to embarrassing situations
In July 2013, former Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski had an embarrassing situation when a Ukrainian man smeared his jacket with raw eggs while visiting the site of the 1943 Polish massacre in Ukraine.
In April 2019, the former President of the United States of America, Donald Trump, was subjected to an attempt by a citizen to throw his mobile phone at him after he climbed to the podium to deliver his speech in Indianapolis, Indiana, during the annual meeting of the National Rifle Association.
The most famous incident was the shoeing of former US President George W. Bush Jr. in Iraq in 2008 during his last visit before the end of his term.
The Iraqi journalist, Muntazer al-Zaidi, threw Bush Jr. with two sandals, and one of them hit the US flag behind the American president, after he evaded the shoe at great speed.
The former Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, did not deliver; Where he was slapped during an election event in the northern city of Pontevedra in 2015.
The former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, was also beaten during his speech in Parliament on the performance of his government in 2015.
Reactions to Macron’s slap
The French political class, with all its orientations, seemed sympathetic to French President Emmanuel Macron after a person slapped him during a field visit to the town of L’Hermitage in the Ladrome region in southeastern France.
Commenting on the incident of slapping Emmanuel Macron, the head of the French National Rally party, Marine Le Pen, the main political opponent of the current president, expressed her strong condemnation of the “unacceptable” physical assault on the French president.
Le Pen wrote on Twitter: “If a democratic debate is allowed to be somewhat violent, that does not mean it comes down to physical violence. I strongly condemn the unacceptable physical assault against the President of the Republic.”
In this context, Prime Minister Jean Castix, in a speech before the National Assembly, denounced the attack on Emmanuel Macron, saying: “The Republic is debate, dialogue, arguing against argument with argument and expressing legitimate differences. In no case can this be done through verbal or physical violence.”
In the video, a young man slaps the French president in the face, and two people have been arrested