The President of France, Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a furious voter on his campaign trail earlier today as the French president’s popularity nosedives.
A shocking video clip shows a man dressed in a green t-shirt, glasses and a face mask shout “Down with Macronia!” before delivering a slap to Macron’s face.
In the footage, Macron, dressed in a white shirt and a black face mask, could be seen walking towards a crowd of well-wishers who were stood behind a metal barrier, in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage.
The French president reached out his hand to greet the man in the green t-shirt – but the unidentified assailant grabbed his arm and slapped him in the face.
The crowd erupted as Macron’s security entourage quickly pulled him away from the fence where he was greeting the voters.”Mr Macron appeared very relaxed and thought he was getting a good reception from those watching him,” an eyewitness said.
“He was outside a catering school when he stuck his right hand towards a man who promptly grabbed it.
“Then the man slapped the president in the face, before Mr Macron was pulled away by security guards.”
There were shouts of “f*** off” as he was swiftly bundled away.
But Macron appeared to return to the crowd flanked by cops and security guards just moments later, and seemed to be talking to someone on the other side of the barriers.
The presidential administration said there had been an attempt to strike Macron.
An Élysée Palace spokesman said: “He was not seriously hurt in the incident.”
A local police spokesman confirmed two men were detained at the scene.