The political class as a whole gave its support to the President of the Republic after the latter was jostled by a man during a trip to Tain-l’Hermitage (Drôme), Tuesday, June 8 at midday. A man slapped the head of state before being pinned to the ground by the security service, according to a video circulating on social networks. The Elysée evokes with the World a « tentative » slap and do “No other comments at this stage” : the “Hand shakes resumed in stride”, and “The movement continues”. Two people were arrested, then said the prefecture of Drôme.
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Nearby World, the Valence prosecutor’s office announces that two 28-year-old men (the one we see carrying the blow on the video and another who accompanied him) were placed in police custody at 1.45 p.m. for violence against a custodian of public authority.
Tuesday, in front of the National Assembly, Jean Castex called “To a republican start”. “Politics can never be violence, verbal aggression, much less physical aggression. I appeal for a republican start; we are all concerned, the foundations of our democracy are at stake ”, declared the Prime Minister during the session of questions to the government at the Palais-Bourbon.
“No political disagreement will ever justify violence”
“It is inadmissible to physically attack the President of the Republic, political leaders, but even more the president, who is the president”, declared for her part the president of the National Rally (RN), Marine Le Pen, traveling to Laxou (Meurthe-et-Moselle).
Xavier Bertrand, president (formerly LR) of the Hauts-de-France region, “Condemns in the strongest terms the unacceptable gesture of which Emmanuel Macron was a victim. ” On Twitter, he wrote qu’« no political disagreement will justify[it] never violence. Respect for the institutions of the Republic and its representatives is a cardinal principle of [la] democratic life ”.
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“This time you begin to understand that the violent take action? “, joked on Twitter Jean-Luc Mélenchon, 2022 presidential candidate for La France insoumise, who claimed to be “In solidarity with the president”.
For his part, the former President of the Republic François Hollande made a point of addressing ” all [s]we support Emmanuel Macron ” through a message posted on Twitter. “To attack the President of the Republic is to deal an unbearable and intolerable blow to our institutions. Faced with this unspeakable gesture, the whole Nation must show solidarity with the Head of State ”, he wrote on the microblogging social network.
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“To slap the president is to slap the Republic”
“The Republic must be entirely behind the President of the Republic to fight against all forms of violence”, declared Olivier Faure, national secretary of the Socialist Party (PS), dbefore the press of the National Assembly. “Solidarity is without nuances with the Head of State in this ordeal he is undergoing today. We must rediscover a sense of collective responsibility, of our institutions and also the return to a form of civil peace, ”he added.
Europe-Ecology-Les Verts (EELV) MEP Yannick Jadot also pointed out on Twitter what “To physically attack the President of the Republic is to attack France”. According to him, “The brutalization of political debate threatens democracy. It is time to find a peaceful dialogue between the French and to rebuild the link. All my support for Emmanuel Macron ”.
“To slap the president is to slap the Republic. Intolerable, unacceptable “, estimated the boss of the deputies Les Républicains (LR), Damien Abad, while Gérard Larcher, president LR of the Senate spoke of a “Intolerable and unacceptable aggression which calls for a total mobilization of the Republic in the face of the violence which is developing in our country. “. Laurent Wauquiez, LR president of Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes spoke of a “Intolerable gesture”. “We cannot accept that violence and lack of respect take hold in our country”, he said on Twitter.
“The soil of democracy is slipping away from under our feet”
Jean-Christophe Lagarde, president of the Union of Independent Democrats (UDI), for his part, described the aggression against Emmanuel Macron d’“Unspeakable”. “When you want to beat someone in politics, it’s at the ballot box; never physically! “, adds the boss of the UDI.
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Same tone in the words chosen by Clémentine Autain, the candidate La France insoumise (LFI) for the presidency of the Ile-de-France region: “Unacceptable aggression against the President of the Republic by a man visibly coming from the extreme royalist right. From a violent ideology trivialized in the act … The soil of democracy is slipping under our feet. The start, quickly, ”she called on Twitter.
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Also candidate for the presidency of the Ile-de-France region, Audrey Pulvar, supported by the Socialist Party, found the“Image of this slap (…) very shocking”. It let know on Twitter what “Nothing, no political disagreement can justify either physical violence or insult to our President”.