French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face on Tuesday by a man in a crowd of onlookers while on a walkabout in southern France, a video of the incident showed, India today reports.
Video of the incident showed Macron approach a barrier to greet a man who, instead of shaking hands, slapped the 43-year-old across the face.
The man could be heard shouting out “Down with Macronia” (“A Bas La Macronie”) before slapping Macron.
Two of Macron’s security detail rush and took him away, while another arrested the man in the green T-shirt.
“The man who tried to slap the president and another individual is currently being questioned by the gendarmerie,” the regional prefecture said in a statement.
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, Reuters reports.