Paris: French President Emmanuel Macron suffered a shoulder injury on Monday after a young man threw an egg during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon.
A video of the incident was widely shared on social media, in which Macron is seen passing through the crowd as an egg bounces off them without breaking. Two bodyguards can be seen immediately approaching the President and one person was escorted away from the scene by other bodyguards.
Journalists heard Macron say, “If he has anything to say to me, he can come.”
Lyon prosecutors said the 19-year-old student who threw the egg was immediately taken into custody by police. His statement said an investigation had been opened into “an assault on a person in a position of public authority” and that it would seek to determine the motives of the person, who was not previously known to the police or justice services. .
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In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he greeted a public in a small town in southeastern France. He then denounced “violence” and “stupidity”. The slap drew widespread support for France’s head of state from politicians across the ideological spectrum.
Macron, like his predecessors, enjoys spending time with the public. Called “mob baths” in French, they have long been a major focus of French politics.
Macron, 43, has yet to announce his re-election bid, six months before France’s next presidential election, but is expected to do so.