Emmanuel Macron Slapped in the Face by Man in Video

A man has slapped French President Emmanuel Macron in the face as he was visiting the southeast of the country. Video of the incident has been posted to YouTube and also appeared on Twitter.

Macron was slapped while on a walkabout in the Drôme region of France and two men have been arrested, according to a Reuters report on Tuesday. Video shows a man in a green t-shirt wearing glasses and a face mask shout "Down with Macronia" in French before slapping him

Two members of the French president's security team pulled the man who slapped him to the ground and moved Macron away. However, Macron appeared to stay in the area for a brief period and was talking to someone across a metal barrier.

The presidential administration confirmed the incident but had not offered any further comment at the time of writing.

French Prime Minister Jean Castex called the slapping incident an affront to democracy, according to Reuters.

Macron was visiting Drôme in order to speak to students and restaurant owners about life going back to normal following the restrictions imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video shows the French president walking toward a crowd of people behind a metal barrier and reaching out his hand to the man in the green t-shirt.

The man shouts "A Bas La Macronie", which means "Down with Macronia" or "Down with Macron-ism" before slapping Macron. Following the slap, two members of Macron's team tackled the man and a third member of the security detail attempted to move Macron away from the scene.

The man in the green t-shirt was also heard to shout "Montjoie Saint Denis" while he slapped Macron. This phrase was the battle cry of the French armies when the country was still a monarchy.

The last king of France, Louis Philippe, abdicated in 1848 during the revolution in February of that year. The country would go on to have an emperor between 1852 and 1870, but the phrase "Montjoie Saint Denis" is associated with the kingdom of France.

The two men arrested have not been identified and the motive for the incident is not yet known.

Macron experienced a similar incident in July 2020 when antigovernment gilets jaunes (yellow vest) demonstrators confronted the president and his wife, Brigitte, in Paris on 14 July, which is also Bastille Day, the country's national day.

In a video of the 2020 confrontation, a few dozen protestors can be seen booing and shouting "Macron resign." Macron and the demonstrators were not wearing face masks at the time despite the fact they were recommended due to the pandemic.

Newsweek has asked the Élysée Palace for comment.

UPDATE 6/8/21 10.40 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include more information.

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French President Emmanuel Macron makes a statement during a joint press conference with Armenian Prime minister Nikol Pachinian prior to their working lunch at the Elysee Presidential Palace, on June 1, 2021 in Paris, France. Macron was slapped in the face by a man on Tuesday. Antoine Gyori/Getty Images