The Man Who Slapped President Macron Has Been Jailed By French Court

by Lawyer Wanz

A French court in Valence, in southeast France, handed down an 18-month sentence, with 14 months suspended to a 28-year-old Frenchman who slapped President Emmanuel Macron.

Apart from jail term, Damien Tarel was further banned from ever holding public office in France and from owning weapons for five years over Tuesday’s incident. The court ordered the man to be imprisoned immediately.

The move by the court was seen as a tough punishment in France, where defendants are often allowed to remain free while they appeal a sentence.

During Thursday’s trial, Tarel testified that the attack was impulsive and unplanned and prompted by anger at France’s “decline.”

He said he was acting on behalf of the anti-establishment yellow vests movement, which arose in 2018 in opposition to Mr. Macron’s policies.

On Tuesday, Macron, while greeting a cheering crowd standing a barrier in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage on the Rhone River, a man wearing a green T-shirt shouted, “Montjoie Saint-Denis! Down with Macron!” before slapping him.

Mr. Macron’s security service quickly intervened, pushing the man to the ground and pulling the president away.

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