Emmanuel Macron slapped as he greets bystanders on latest outing ahead of G7 visit to UK

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President Macron was struck across the face by a protestor while he mingled with the public during a visit to a town in southeastern France. Footage captured the moment the blow landed catching the French President utterly by surprise. Mr Macron was protected by metal barriers separating him from the crowd but the assailant managed to strike the world leader with his palm.

Mr Macron’s close protection team can be seen rushing in as the French President reels from the blow.

He is quickly escorted away by a bodyguard while the gendarmerie move in to evict his attacker.

The protestor was heard yelling “down with Macronism!” as he struck.

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