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Watch: Macron slapped in the face

Watch: Macron slapped in the face
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Things haven't exactly been going well for French president Emmanuel Macron in recent days. Earlier this week it was reported that France is launching a doomed bid during its presidency of the EU council to ban the use of English in key meetings in favour of the French language.

Now it appears that Macron has problems on his home turf. On a visit to the Drome region of south-eastern France – as part of his tour of France to take the ‘pulse of the country’ after the coronavirus crisis – Macron approached a group of people. When the President got within touching distance, one young man leaned forward and slapped him squarely in the face. Macron was then bundled away by security. According to reports from France, two men have been arrested following the incident.

Before the trip, Le Monde suggested that Macron needed to get out of his ivory tower and prove ‘he is still in touch with young people and current trends’. It sounds to Mr S like Macron has been more in touch with young people than he would have liked…

Watch the incident here:

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Steerpike is The Spectator's gossip columnist, serving up the latest tittle tattle from Westminster and beyond. Email tips to steerpike@spectator.co.uk

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