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Watch: French President Emmanuel Macron Slapped In The Face During Walkabout

Videos doing the rounds on social media showed Macron approach a barrier to greet a man who, instead of shaking hands, slapped the 43-year-old across the face.

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped across the face by a bystander during a trip to southeast France on Tuesday on the second stop of a nationwide tour.

Videos doing the rounds on social media showed Macron approach a barrier to greet a man who, instead of shaking hands, slapped the 43-year-old across the face.

Local officials said that Macron’s bodyguards quickly intervened and two people were arrested afterwards.

French President denounced “violence” and “stupidity” in the aftermath of the incident.

“I’m always going to meet people,” Mr. Macron told reporters on Tuesday evening. “Some people express anger, sometimes disarray … that’s legitimate anger, and we will continue to respond. Stupidity and violence, no, not in democracy,” he said.

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