President Emmanuel Macron slapped during a visit to southern France

Images circulating on social media show the incident in the Tain-l “Hermitage, about 90 kilometers south of Lyon. The visit is part of a tour he is doing around the country.

In the images found on social networks you can see how Macron approaches the fence where the citizens are and a man slaps him with a monarchical war cry: “Montjoie Saint Denis!”, Followed by another: “Down with macronism!” The man who assaulted Emmanuel Macron wears a khaki shirt, black beard and long hair. The bodyguards quickly intervened. Two 28-year-olds were arrested. The video has been published on Twitter by a profile that contains the fleur de lis, a symbol of French royalty:

The Elysee limited itself to confirming that “a man tried to hit him” and specified that Macron’s exchanges with the people continued after what happened.

The Prime Minister, Jean Castex, has pronounced in the National Assembly: “Democracy is debate, dialogue, confrontation, expression of legitimate disagreements, but it cannot be in any case violence, verbal aggression and much less physical aggression”. In his opinion, through the head of state, the entire democracy has been attacked: “I ask that a step be taken to the republican front. We are all concerned. It is about the foundations of our democracy.”

This month there are regional elections in France. They will be held on June 20 and 27. There is one year left for the presidential elections.

It is not the first time that one of his direct encounters with the population ends with incidents

In March 2017, when he was still a presidential candidate, he was hit by an egg on a visit to the Paris Agriculture Show, and in June 2016, as Minister of the Economy of the socialist François Hollande, a group of trade unionists did the same. in Montreuil, on the outskirts of the capital.

The president of the far-right National Grouping, Marine Le Pen, wrote on Twitter to say that although “the democratic debate can be harsh, it should not tolerate physical violence under any circumstances,” so she condemned “firmly” what happened and He called it “intolerable.”

In that same social network, the leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon spoke: “Are you beginning to understand this time that violence happens to the act? I sympathize with the president,” said the leader of La Francia Insoumisa. Mélenchon had been at the center of controversy these days by assuring on a television program that in the last week of the presidential campaign there would be “a serious incident or murder.”

His statement was quickly criticized and Macron himself made a call for calm on Tuesday, noting that “democratic life needs tranquility and respect from everyone, both political leaders and citizens.”