The British newspaper The Times said the attack on French President Emmanuel Macron by one of his opponents plays into the rhetoric of Marine Le Pen, his far-right and conservative rival, that France is “disintegrating” under the influence of violent crime.
And the newspaper saw in an analysis by its correspondent Charles Bremner that Macron enjoys getting close to his opponents, as he faced the masses of strikers outside French factories, and maintained his position on the demonstrators who abused him in the yellow vest protests in 2018. Read also France.. Macron describes his slapping incident as an individual and his prime minister considers it an insult to democracy Video: A man slaps Macron during a tour in southern France, and two people have been arrested by police slap Macron
The newspaper pointed out that Macron’s slap on Tuesday during his visit to the Drôme region may win him the sympathy of the French street and anger at the harsh behavior of his opponents when he runs for re-election in the next presidential elections in May next year.
She reported that Macron’s tour in southern France on Tuesday is part of a general tour he is taking in France to renew direct contact with people after months of closure, and the consequent bleak mood across most of the country, and that the French president seeks to repeat his tactics in Active confrontation in the town halls and villages that proved its effectiveness 3 years ago.
She explained that Macron had referred to this tactic when he declared, after being hostilely received by union demonstrators in northern France two years ago, that “the country is like this today… and if you listen to the security men, you will never go out, you will become like (former president) Hollande; you will die ( politically).
Macron was slapped in the face, yesterday, Tuesday, by a man who was standing in a crowd, while the president was touring the south of the country, according to what appeared in a video clip of the incident. The accident occurred during Macron’s visit to the Drôme region (southeast of the country), where he met with restaurant leaders and students, and talked about how life can return to normal after the closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic.