French President Macron is Slapped During Visit to Small Town

French President Emmanuel Macron wearing a protective face mask visits a child psychiatry department at Reims hospital to discuss the psychological impact of the COVID-19 crisis and the lockdown on children and teenagers in France

Watch Macron Get Slapped in the Face During Tour of France REUTERS CHRISTIAN HARTMANN

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man in a crowd - who yelled "down with Macron - as he spoke to the public during a visit to southeast France on Tuesday, video of the incident posted on social media showed". The presidential guard quickly move in and take hold of the assailant.

"Politics can never be violence, verbal aggression, much less physical aggression", Prime Minister Jean Castex told parliament after the latest incident.

The incident was caught on camera as a bearded man wearing glasses and a face mask slapping the president hard on his left cheek.

But Macron remained in the vicinity of the crowd for a few more seconds, and appeared to be talking to someone on the other side of the barriers.

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A local police spokesman confirmed that two men had been arrested at the scene of the attack.

French media later described the attacker as an "anarchist".

Far-left politician Jean-Luc Mélenchon stated that he was in solidarity with President Macron saying, "This time you are beginning to understand that the violent take action? Respect for the institutions of the Republic and its representatives is a cardinal principle of our democratic life".

It was the battle cry and motto of the Kingdom of France before the 1789 Revolution.

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Le Pen echoed the prime minister's sentiments, tweeting that acts of violence against the president are "unacceptable".

The French president began a grand tour of France last week ahead of regional elections and next year's presidential vote, with the trip expected to include around a dozen stops over the next two months.

Macron conducted another tour billed as a listening exercise in 2019 in the aftermath of those protests, which shook the country and saw him promise to change his way of governing.

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