President Macron Slapped in the Face While Visiting Southern France

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    French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man on Tuesday during a visit to a small town in southeast France.

    Macron’s office confirmed a video that is widely circulating online.

    The French president was greeting the public waiting for him behind barriers in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage after he visited a high school that is training students to work in hotels and restaurants.

    A bodyguard, who was standing right behind Macron, raised a hand in defense of the president, but was a fraction of a second too late to stop the slap.

    The bodyguard then put his arm around the president to protect him.

    Macron just managed to turn his face away as the aggressor’s right hand connected, making it appear that the president took more of a glancing blow than a direct slap.

    French news broadcaster BFMTV said police detained two people – the man suspected of slapping Macron and another man who filmed a video.

    Macron did not comment on the incident.

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