This is the disaster scenario that the Elysee wanted to avoid at all costs. Five days after the first stage of Emmanuel Macron’s “Tour de France”, in the Lot, during which his entourage had taken care to lock communication as much as possible, the second stage of his “Lay pilgrimage”, Tuesday June 8, in the Drôme, has completely slipped.
Only a few minutes after an exchange with the press at the hotel school of Tain-l’Hermitage, during which the head of state insisted on the need to demonstrate “Optimism” in this period of exit from the crisis, Mr. Macron received a slap from a young man. On the scene, which was immediately broadcast on Twitter at midday, the President of the Republic approaches a group of people gathered behind barriers. A man then grabs him by the left arm and slaps him with his right hand, after uttering the royalist battle cry “Montjoie! St Denis ! “ and “Down with Macronie! “ .
The 28-year-old perpetrator was immediately knocked down by the security service. Before being placed in police custody – with another man of the same age, who accompanied him – for “violence against a person holding public authority”, indicated the prefecture of Drôme.
“Need for calm and respect”
Before the incident, the Head of State had exchanged in the morning with restaurateurs and young apprentices. The opportunity to promote its policy in favor of vocational training and to highlight their ” know how “, on the eve of the third stage of deconfinement, marked by the reopening of restaurant and bar rooms. When he arrived shortly before noon at the hotel school, about fifty people were massed in front of the building, including four “yellow vests” who had been quickly arrested and removed by the gendarmes. The president then entered the school directly, without coming to see this welcoming committee.
Around 1 p.m., just before the episode of the slap, Emmanuel Macron made remarks that take on particular relief after the fact. Asked about the recent controversial exit of the leader of La France insoumise, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, predicting “A serious incident or murder” in the last week of the presidential campaign, the president launched: “Democratic life needs calm and respect from everyone. Politicians and fellow citizens. ” The “Counterpart” of the freedom of expression enjoyed by oppositions is “The end of violence and hatred”, he continued. “If hatred and violence return, it weakens only one thing, it is democracy”, he insisted, without knowing what to expect.
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