French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by an apparent political opposition member during a public tour, resulting in two arrests.
French populist National Rally (RN) leader Marine Le Pen condemned the attack on Macron, saying, “It is unacceptable to physically attack the President of the Republic. It is unacceptable to attack politicians but even more so the President of the Republic because he is the President of the Republic.”
“We can fight him politically but we cannot afford to have the slightest gesture, the slightest violence against him,” she continued.
Speculation is that the attack came from the “royalist far-right,” but that has not been confirmed.
Macron is up for re-election next year, and Le Pen is his strongest opponent at this time. An April report suggested Macron could lose to Le Pen if enough voters on the far-right stay home on election day and don’t vote.
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