Man who slapped President Macron jailed for 4 months
Published: 12:41 PM, 11 June 2021
President Macron was slapped in the face by a member of the public; Photo: Collected
A French court has sentenced the man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron to four months in prison.
The accused was identified as Damien Tarel, a 28-year-old medieval history enthusiast.
The court on Thursday first sentenced him to 18 months in prison, however, 14 of which were suspended later, as a result, Damien Tarel will have to spend four months in jail.
Earlier on Tuesday, President Macron faced an embarrassing situation during an official visit to the southeastern region of Drome. During the official visit, Tarel publicly slapped Macron on the face during shaking hands with fans.
Later, French police arrested Damien Tarel. Since then he has been in custody. The prosecutor called his action “absolutely unacceptable” and “an act of deliberate violence”.
Within moments, the video of President Macron being slapped went viral on social media. As seen in the video, President Macron went to shake hands with fans and well-wishers during an official visit to the Tain-l’Hermitage area outside the southeastern city of Valence. During that, the accused slapped Macron on the face. After that, the security forces arrested the accused Tarel.
Damien Tarel claims he thought of throwing “eggs or cream tarts” at President Emmanuel Macron just days before his visit to southern France. However, the slapping was not pre-planned.
Earlier in 2016, when Macron was the finance minister of France, he faced an egg attack. At the time, Macron was being targeted by the members of the country’s hard-left trade union against a labor law reform.