French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday received a slap of his lifetime from a villager leaving the crowd cheering.
President Emmanuel Macron was slapped on the left cheek by a man in the crowd as he prepared to address them after paying a visit to southeast France on Tuesday.
In a video footage widely shared online, Macron ran in excitement towards the crowd to a metal fence and clasping the arm of a man as he greeted the curious onlookers. However, Macron’s excitement was immediately put to an end by the man who slapped him while yelling “Macronie.”
As a result, Kenyans took to their social media to cheer and praise the level of democracy witnessed in the country since the man was only expressing his dissatisfaction. Others even wondered whether such a thing could happen here in Africa.
According to CNN, “Macronie” is a pejorative term used in the French press for Macron’s presidency. After the incident, the president’s security detail quickly intervened, tackling the man while pulling him from potential danger.
“A man indeed tried to hit the President of the Republic. We have no further comments at this point. Exchanges with the crowd and handshakes resumed. The trip continues.” Said the Elysee in a statement to CNN.
CNN also reported that the perpetrator shouted “Montjoie! Saint-Denis!,” moments before slapping Macron. Apparently, this is a medieval battle-cry used by the Capetian royal dynasty, which ruled France from the 10th to the 18th century.
The motto is also widely known in France for being a line from 1993 fantasy comedy film Les Visiteurs, in which a 12th-century knight and his squire magically travel in time to the 90s and find themselves adrift in modern society.