French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face today by a man in a crowd of onlookers during his visit to the Drome region in south-eastern France. Two people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

The identity of the man who slapped Macron, and his motives, were unclear. While slapping the president, he could be heard shouting "Montjoie Saint-Denis," which was the battle cry of the French armies when the country was still a monarchy.

    

Man slaps French President Emmanuel Macron in the face, yells 'Down with Macron'

WHAT?

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face today by a man in a crowd of onlookers while on a walkabout during his visit to the Drome region in south-eastern France. Two people were arrested in connection with the incident.

WHEN?

The incident took place while Macron was on a visit to the Drome region in south-eastern France, where he met restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the Covid-19 epidemic.

HOW?

In video circulating on social media, Macron, dressed in shirt sleeves, could be seen walking towards a crowd of well-wishers who were behind a metal barrier.

The French president reached out his hand to greet one man, in a green T-Shirt, with glasses and a face mask.

The man could be heard shouting out "Down with Macronia" ("A Bas La Macronie") and then he delivered a slap to Macron's face.

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The presidential administration said there had been an attempt to strike Macron, but declined further comment.