‘Stupidity’ Emmanuel Macron speaks out after being slapped in the face – ‘Not democracy’

Emmanuel Macron slapped by man during visit to Drôme

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After being slapped in the face by an angry French resident during a visit to southeastern France, President Emmanuel Macron said that slapping someone in the face is “not democracy”. Mr Macron branded the attack as “stupidity” and that he would not “respond”. His comments were later echoed by France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex in the French Parliament where he denounced the “violence” that took place on Tuesday.

Mr Macron told reporters on Wednesday: “Some people express anger, sometimes disarray – I am still here.

“That’s legitimate anger and we will continue to respond.

“But to stupidity and violence?

“No, not in a democracy!”

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French Prime Minister Jean Castec later addressed the issue in parliament, also saying the slap was not democratic.

He said: “Democracy is about debate, it is about dialogue.

“Where ideas clash and legitimate disagreement expressed.

“But it can never be about violence.”

Emmanuel Macron slapped by man during visit to Drôme

Meanwhile, opposition rival Marine Le Pen tweeted her support for the French President.

She said: “I am the biggest opponent of Emmanuel Macron, but he is the President.

“We fight him politically but we cannot allow ourselves to resort to violence.”

Mr Macron was slapped during a visit to Drôme, a small town in the southeast of France.

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The assailant, a 28-year-old local man, shouted a centuries-old French royalist war cry “Montjoie Saint-Denis” in a show of opposition to President Macron’s politics.

He also shouted ‘Down with Macron-ism’.

Another 28-year-old was also arrested at the scene.

Mr Macron is due to attend the G7 summit in Cornwall this weekend which will run from Friday, June 11 to Sunday, June 13.

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