JUST IN: Man Arrested For Slapping French President, Emmanuel Macron On Official Visit (VIDEO)
A man (withheld) has been arrested by the French police for slapping President, Emmanuel Macron on an official visit to the southeast of France on Tuesday.
In a video making waves on social media, the man was captured holding the right hand of the President before landing him with the heavy slap.
President Macron as part of his visit attempted to walk towards the barrier to exchange pleasantries with some citizens until the unfortunate incident occurred.
It is emerging that another man was also arrested following a misunderstanding that erupted after the unfortunate incident happened to the President.
French President on Tuesday took to Tain-l'Hermitage, outside the city of Valence to have an interaction with the people and reach first-hand information of some plights of the populace.
Thinknewsonline.com has also gathered that as the President walked towards the barrier mounted words such as "Down with Macron-ism" were being chanted by the few people gathered there.
Addressing the media, Prime Minister, Jean Castex said "While democracy meant to debate and legitimate disagreement, It must never, in any case, mean violence, verbal aggression and even less physical attack".
Far-left leader, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and far-right leader Marine Le Pen both took to Twitter and tweeted solidarity messages to the President after the video went viral.
Marine Le Pen said, "While democratic debate can be bitter, it can never tolerate physical violence".
Watch the video and embed tweets below:
Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith