French President Macron vows to defy security fears after slap

SourceKuwait Times
SectorFinancial Markets

PARIS: French President Emmanuel Macron will continue to greet crowds during his travels despite a security scare that saw him slapped by a man in the south of France, a government spokesman said yesterday. Macron shrugged off his assault on Tuesday in the village of Tain l’Hermitage, calling it an “isolated event” and “stupidity”, and he went to chat with and fistbump onlookers later in the day in the nearby town of Valence. “Obviously his trips are going to continue: The president will remain in contact with the French public,” government spokesman Gabriel Attal said yesterday.

“It would be completely incomprensible for people to be deprived of contact with the president because of an isolated individual who wanted to challenge” him, Attal added.

Macron’s assailant, a 28-year-old man identified as Damien T., remained in police custody yesterday and is expected to be charged with assaulting a public figure, which carries a maximum three-year prison term. He has been described as more...