were arrested, according to reports, after French President Emmanuel Macron
was slapped in the face while greeting a crowd in the southeast of France
According to local media
, Macron walked up to people standing behind a barricade and took a man's arm, yelling "Down with Macronia" ("A bas la Macronie") before audibly slapping the president on the left cheek.
Pic.twitter.com/tsXdByo22U — (@AlexpLille) June 8, 2021
Macron's office confirmed the video to The Associated Press
. The man is then seen being swarmed by officers as Macron is briefly rushed away, and Macron appears to return to the crowd seconds later.
stations BFM TV and RMC radio reported the arrests of two people.
According to France 24 news, the incident occurred while Macron was visiting restaurateurs and students in the Drôme region to discuss how life is resuming normalcy following COVID-19