Emmanuel Macron, the French president is not new to being slapped in public. he was once slapped by a woman as he was walking toward her. the woman was dressed in a white shirt and a pair of black trousers with a nose mask, this happened before she was overpowered by the president’s guard.
In 2021 two men were arrested after one of them slapped him in the face in public. the video as seen on Twitter showed Macron speaking to a man clad in a green t-shirt as he walked outside and met with people standing behind a short fence in the Drome region of southeastern France.
"A bas la Macronie." shouted the man. The phrase loosely translates to "down with Macron." the man later pulled macron closer to him and landed the slap.
In court, the man claimed he acted out of impulse but the prosecutor cited it as a deliberate act.he was sentenced to four months in prison.
The French president dismissed the attacks as isolated incidences emphasizing that "ultra-violent people" should not be allowed to hijack the public debate. he further added that "There have been moments of very high tension and violence in our country which I've had to experience as president, during the gilets Jaunes crisis. But society is in a different place today."
Various media houses have had to retract their stories citing the incident and video as old. Emmanuel Macron has not been slapped for the third time, but as protests continue to happen in France it is not a guarantee that it will not happen again.