PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face again on Sunday, the Mehr news agency reported citing a viral video.
A video clip, which has gone viral on social media, allegedly shows a woman in an olive green t-shirt slapping the president Macron as he was going somewhere.
The clip also shows reporters present at the scene at the time of the alleged incident.
Macron’s security service quickly pulled the woman away and pounced on her, according to media reports.
In a similar incident on June 8 last year, a man slapped President Macron in the face during a visit by the French leader to the southeast of the country.
According to New York TimesCiting footage of the incident, Macron approached a small crowd of people in Tain-l’Hermitage, a town in France’s Drôme department he was visiting to speak with members of the food industry and the restoration ahead of a further loosening of Covid 19 Restrictions that week when the incident occurred.
Footage showed the striker grabbing the French president’the forearm and slapping him in the face as he was about to strike up a conversation with a long-haired man in a khaki T-shirt.
The man also shouted “Down with Macronie“, a term sometimes pejoratively used to refer to Macron’s administration.
According to the New York Times, two people have been arrested in the case, including the attacker. But the daily could not provide details on their identities.
Before slapping Macron, the man shouted a slogan sometimes associated with royalist or far-right activists, although his exact motives were unclear.
In 2018, a man affiliated with Action Française, a royalist group, shouted the same slogan while throwing a pie in the face of a leftist lawmaker, The New York Times reported.
Undaunted after the attack, Macron resumed talking and shaking people’s hands. He later said he was fine and the slap was an “isolated incident” that should be “put into perspective”.
“The overwhelming majority of French people are interested in substantive issues,” The New York Times quoted Macron as saying in an interview with a local newspaper, adding that a minority of “ultraviolent individuals” should not “take public debate”.

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