France: Macron slapped in face on visit to small town

Source: The Globe and Mail [Canada]

“French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face Tuesday by a man during a visit to a small town in southeastern France, an incident that prompted a wide show of support for the head of state from politicians across the ideological spectrum. The French president was greeting the public waiting for him behind barriers in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants. Macron described the incident as an ‘isolated act,’ in an interview with local newspaper Le Dauphine Libere. ‘Everything goes well … We must not let isolated acts, ultra-violent individuals, like there had been some also in (street) protests, dominate the public debate: they don’t deserve it,’ he said. Macron said he didn’t have specific concerns after the assault.” (06/08/21)