President of France Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man in a crowd at a public appearance.
The incident took place while Macron was on a visit to the Drome region in southeastern France, where he met restaurateurs and students to talk about how life is returning to normal after the COVID-19 pandemic.
A video footage of the incident in Tain-l’Hermitage, southeastern France, shows a man in a green T-shirt and glasses shout “Down with Macronia” in French before slapping Macron’s face.
Mr Macron’s security quickly wrestled the man to the ground, and moved the president away to safety.
French prime minister Jean Castex described the incident as an affront to democracy. Shortly after the incident, he told the National Assembly that while democracy meant debate and legitimate disagreement, “it must never in any case mean violence, verbal aggression and physical attack”.
The presidential administration said there had been an attempt to strike Macron, but did not comment further.