A court ordered a man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face this week to serve four months in jail. (French man sentences)
Damien Tarel, 28, an unemployed fan of medieval swordsmanship who said he is a right-wing sympathiser, attacked Macron when the French president was shaking hands with members of the public during a walkabout on Tuesday.
Earlier, Tarel told the court in Valence in southern France, that he acted because the president stood for all that was rotten with France.
Tarel said that several days ahead of Macron’s visit to the Drome region of southern France, he had thought about throwing an egg or a cream tart at the president, but added the slap was not premeditated.
This is a video captured during the incident:
“I think that Macron represents very neatly the decay of our country,” he told the court.
“If I had challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I doubt he would have responded.”
Tarel faced a charge of assault against a public official, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail and a 45,000 euro fine. (French man sentences)
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