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World Jail term sought for man who slapped Macron

18:53  10 june  2021
18:53  10 june  2021 Source:   afp.com

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 Emmanuel Macron receives Caledonian elected officials to discuss the referendum on independence © Bertrand Guay / AFP Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee, on Tuesday, June 1st. New Caledonia elected officials will be received by Emmanuel Macron at the Elysee, this Tuesday afternoon, to exchange the third referendum on independence.

Prosecutors called Thursday for a 18-month jail sentence for a man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face this week as he appeared for a fast-track court hearing in southeast France.

a group of people walking in front of a building: Prosecutors asked the court in Valence to hand down an 18-month sentence for the slapping © JEFF PACHOUD Prosecutors asked the court in Valence to hand down an 18-month sentence for the slapping

Damien Tarel, a 28-year-old medieval history enthusiast, has been in custody since the assault on Tuesday and risks a maximum three-year jail sentence and a fine of 45,000 euros ($55,000).

Speaking at court in the town of Valence, prosecutor Alex Perrin called for an 18-month prison term after describing the slap as "absolutely unacceptable" and "an act of deliberate violence".

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Under French law, prison sentences of less than two years can be converted into non-custodial punishment, meaning it is unlikely that Tarel would spend time behind bars even if the court followed the prosecution's plea.

The long-haired history buff and board games enthusiast told investigators that he "acted instinctively and without thinking" after waiting for Macron outside a school in the village of Tain-l'Hermitage.

In court, he expressed sympathy for the anti-government "yellow vest" movement and said that he and two friends had considered throwing an egg or a cream pie at the head of state during his visit to the Drome region, according to the BFM news channel.

"Macron represents the decline of our country," he told the court.

Macron slapped during trip to southeast France

  Macron slapped during trip to southeast France A bystander slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face during a trip to southeast France on Tuesday on the second stop of a nation-wide tour. Images on social media and broadcast on the BFM news channel showed Macron approach a barrier to greet a man who, instead of shaking hands, slapped the 43-year-old across the face. Macron's bodyguards quickly intervened and two people were arrested afterwards, local officials said. "The man who tried to slap the president and another individual are currently being questioned by the gendarmerie," the regional prefecture said in a statement.

Tarel, unemployed and living on benefits with his disabled girlfriend, said he had been annoyed by Macron's decision to come to greet him -- "an electoral tactic that I didn't appreciate", BFM reported.

In a video of the incident, a smiling Macron can be seen striding towards a crowd of onlookers including Tarel who are being kept behind a barrier.

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Macron has shrugged off the assault, calling it an "isolated event", and he has vowed to continue meeting voters despite concerns for his personal security.

Asked about it again during an interview on Thursday with BFM, he called it a "stupid, violent act" and suggested it was a consequence of the poisonous atmosphere found on social media.

"You get used to the hatred on social media that becomes normalised," he said. "And then when you're face-to-face with someone, you think it's the same thing. That's unacceptable."

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Leaders across the political spectrum have united in condemning the slap, with many seeing it as a symptom of the fraught political climate and declining standards of public debate just weeks from regional elections and 10 months from presidential polls.

"The political climate is turning to vinegar. It's dangerous what's happening," senior leftist MP and regional election candidate Clementine Autain told France Info.

Others saw the assault as a sign of how Macron, a reformist former investment banker, continues to inspire visceral rejection from many French people.

His presidency was rocked by the anti-government "yellow vest" protests in 2018-2019, which were driven in part by anger at his economic reforms as well as his abrasive personality.

Macron, 43, whose personal ratings have risen recently, is expected to seek a second term next year.

Polls show him holding a narrow lead over his main rival, far-right leader Marine Le Pen.

Other modern French presidents have been targeted in shootings, including post-war leader Charles de Gaulle and Jacques Chirac.

In 2011, right-winger Nicolas Sarkozy had a security scare in southwest France when he was grabbed violently by the shoulder by a 32-year-old local government employee.

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