Opposition stands up for Macron after he was slapped in face

Opposition stands up for Macron after he was slapped in face

French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped in the face by a man on Tuesday during a visit to a small town in southeastern France, an incident that prompted a wide show of support for French politicians from all sides.

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.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen firmly condemned on Twitter "the intolerable physical aggression targeting the president of the Republic".

Visibly fuming, she said later that while Macron is her top political adversary, the assault was "deeply, deeply reprehensible," France 24 reported.

Far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon also tweeted his "solidarity with the president" immediately after the slap.

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