Seasoned French Journalist, Karl Olive, says the man in the crowd who slapped French President, Emmanuel Macron, in the face as he spoke to the public during a visit to southeast France on Tuesday, has anti-government ideologies.
He said the now apprehended lad is peeved with the Macron administration for the imposition of COVID-19 restrictions.
According to Karl, the untold hardship brought on the country as a result of the novel coronavirus disease pandemic has infuriated the French people triggering the slap on the President’s face.
“You know as all over the world, you’ve got a pandemic of covid-19, which kind of difficult for the people since several months. We can feel the people are angry and inpatient; sometimes injurious and the President decides to go to the field because he wants to take care of the French people and this afternoon he did what he wanted to and a crazy man gave him a slap,” he told Metro TV’s Paul Adom Otchere on Good Evening Ghana, Tuesday.
A man slapped President Emmanuel Macron in the face on Tuesday during a walkabout in southern France.
Macron later said he had not feared for his safety, and that nothing would stop him from carrying on with his job.
In a video circulating on social media, Macron reached out his hand to greet a man in a small crowd of onlookers standing behind a metal barrier as he visited a professional training college for the hospitality industry.
The man, who was dressed in a khaki T-shirt, then shouted “Down with Macronia” (“A Bas La Macronie”) and slapped Macron on the left side of his face.
He could also be heard shouting “Montjoie Saint-Denis”, the battle cry of the French army when the country was still a monarchy.
Two 28-year-old men, including the man who slapped Macron and another accompanying him, were placed in police custody at 1.45 p.m. local time for alleged violence against a person holding public authority.
Macron was in the area to meet restaurant owners, ahead of Wednesday’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions in France.
By: Bernard Ralph Adams | Metrotvonline.com | Ghana