It seems that the ghost of the slap received by French President Emmanuel Macron by a young man during his visit to the southeast of the country two weeks ago, is still chasing after him, after it turned into a global event that he heard about, big and small.
On a visit by Macron to a school in the northern province of Somme, he did not know that he was on a date with an embarrassing question from one of the children who stopped him in front of the television cameras, inquiring, “Are you okay after the slap you received?”
The French president’s response came with a wide smile as he said, “Yes, it’s okay, it wasn’t fun, that’s not a good thing.”
The famous slap
On 9 June, the person who slapped the President was sentenced to 4 months in prison, aggravating the severity of the offense. https://imasdk.googleapis.com/js/core/bridge3.467.0_en.html#goog_1012505720
The Valence city court convicted the 28-year-old, Damien Tarrell, of assaulting a person in charge of public authority, and sentenced him to 4 months in prison with strict enforcement and 14 months with a suspended sentence, according to the BFM TV website.
Tarrell’s verdict came just two days after the accident took place in the southeastern Drôme region.
A video clip of the moments of the slap was published, showing Macron heading towards a group of citizens who were waiting for him during a visit to the region.
As he approached the crowd, Terrell grabbed Macron’s hand and slapped him hard in the face with his second hand, shouting “Down with the macaroni.”
Following the incident, the police arrested Tarrell and his friend, Arthur C., who filmed the incident.