Update: Man who slapped President Macron says he did it because of France's 'decline'

Update: Man who slapped President Macron says he did it because of France's 'decline'



A 28-year-old man on trial for slapping French President Emmanuel Macron testified on Thursday June 10, that the attack was impulsive and unplanned, and prompted by anger at France's “decline.”



Damien Tarel faces possible jail time and a fine if found guilty of assaulting a public official at the special emergency trial in the southeastern city of Valence.







Tarel was immediately arrested after the incident which occurred as the French leader was greeting a crowd in the region on Tuesday.

 

 



The man acknowledged hitting the president with a “rather violent” slap. “When I saw his friendly, lying look, I felt disgust, and I had a violent reaction," he told the court. "It was an impulsive reaction... I was surprised myself by the violence.”



While he said he and his friends had considered bringing an egg or a cream pie to throw at the president, he said they dropped the idea — and insisted that the slap wasn't premeditated.Latest Post
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