On Tuesday, a man slapped Emmanuel Macron and briefly interrupted his movement during the French president’s tour of the provinces before the regional elections this month.
Two 28-year-old men were being questioned by the gendarmerie after hearing a blow-accompanied by the royalist slogan “Monjoy Saint Denis!”And “Down with Macronism!”-used to be Delivered by a man Among the crowd of onlookers in the southern town of Tain-l’Hermitage.
Macron’s Elysée Palace stated that a man “attempted to beat” the president and immediately resumed dialogue and handshake with the crowd after the incident. The visit is still continuing.
Macron himself played down the attack. “The vast majority of French people are interested in real issues,” he said Tell Dauphiné Libéré Soon after, the newspaper accepted an interview. “Let us not let isolated incidents or extremely violent individuals — there are always some people in demonstrations — controlling public debate. They are not worth it.
Before the regional elections on June 20-27, the opposition party had been strongly criticizing Macron’s “Tour de France”, believing that he was using his presidential status to promote his Marche Republican party without being restricted by campaign funding.
His supporters argued that he just wanted to “grasp the pulse of the French people” and figure out what he could achieve in the last year of his presidency, which was first scarred by the rebels. Yellow vest Protests started in 2018, and then the Covid-19 pandemic.
But Marina Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Unity Party and a politician who is expected to be his main rival in the presidential election next year, asked: “Is there anyone in France who doesn’t understand that Emmanuel Macron is taking advantage? Is the president running for a regional election?”
However, on Tuesday, politicians from all walks of life gathered to condemn the violence against Macron.
Le Pen stated that “this kind of behavior is unacceptable and should be thoroughly condemned in democracies,” while the far-left party Jean-Luc Mélenchon, usually a fierce critic of Macron, stated that He supported Macron. president.
Shortly before the incident, Macron called for political calm. He reacted to Melangxiong’s prediction that a “murder or serious incident” will be staged in the last week of next year’s presidential campaign to demonize Muslims, and then right-wingers released a video mocking Melangxiong’s supporters.
Macron said on Tuesday: “Opposition parties can express their opinions freely in democracies, but on the other hand it is to end violence and hatred.” The French need something else. They are tired of crises and bad news. “
Although Macron is sometimes accused of being arrogant and out of touch by his critics, he likes to walk around, argue or talk with onlookers while traveling across the country. He is notorious among critics because he once told a gardener who visited the Elysée Palace on the Cultural Open Day complaining about a lack of work and that he could find a job in a restaurant or hotel. Cross the road.
Macron is not the first French president to suffer violent attacks in public places. Nicolas Sarkozy was sometimes abused and treated roughly. During the National Day military parade in July 2002, a far-right activist tried to shoot Jacques Chirac with a 0.22 rifle, but he missed the shot and was later imprisoned.