French President Emmanuel Macron got more than he bargained for during a visit to the southeastern part of the country on Tuesday.
The embarrassing incident occurred during a walking session with a crowd in the Drome region of southeastern France, BFM TV and RMC radio reported Tuesday.
A viral video posted by BFM TV and RMC shows a man in a green T-shirt, with glasses and a mask pretending to be greeting the president and then slapping him hot in the face.
However, the man’s action took many by surprise, as he had exchanged jokes with the president moments before attacking him.
In addition, the Elysee Palace, confirming the development in a statement, described the attack as an affront to democracy.
Indeed, a man tried to hit the President of the Republic.
“Two people have been arrested for the incident, but we have no further comment at this time,” the statement said.