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Emmanuel Macron is SLAPPED in face by angry voter on campaign trail as his popularity nosedives

EMMANUEL Macron was slapped in the face by a furious voter on his campaign trail today as the French president’s popularity nosedives.

A shocking video clip shows a man dressed in a green t-shirt, glasses and a face mask shout “Down with Macronia!” before delivering a slap to Macron’s face.

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The moment Emmanuel Macron was slapped by an unidentified man[/caption]

\Macron reached out his hand to greet the man in the green t-shirt before he was slapped

Two people have been arrested after the man took aim at the 43-year-old centrist during a walkabout session with a crowd in the Drome region, broadcasters BFM TV and RMC radio reported.

In the footage, Macron, dressed in a white shirt and a black face mask, could be seen walking towards a crowd of well-wishers in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage who were stood behind a metal barrier.

The French president reached out his hand to greet the man in the green t-shirt – but the unidentified assailant grabbed his arm and slapped him in the face.

The crowd erupted as Macron’s security entourage quickly pulled him away from the fence where he was greeting the voters.

“Mr Macron appeared very relaxed and thought he was getting a good reception from those watching him,” an eyewitness said.

“He was outside a catering school when he stuck his right hand towards a man who promptly grabbed it.

“Then the man slapped the president in the face, before Mr Macron was pulled away by security guards.”

There were shouts of “f*** off” as he was swiftly bundled away.

Macron was wearing a white shirt, black tie and a face mask as he greeted the crowd
The French leader was quickly pulled away after he was slapped
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But Macron appeared to return to the crowd flanked by cops and security guards[/caption]

But Macron appeared to return to the crowd flanked by cops and security guards just moments later, and seemed to be talking to someone on the other side of the barriers.

The presidential administration said there had been an attempt to strike Macron.

An Élysée Palace spokesman said: “He was not seriously hurt in the incident.”

A local police spokesman confirmed two men were detained at the scene.

‘ANARCHIST’

“One is thought to have described himself as an anarchist, but an enquiry is ongoing,” the spokesman said.

The presidential administration confirmed there had been an attempt to strike Macron.

An Élysée Palace spokesman said: “He was not seriously hurt in the incident.”

Macron was on his six-week political tour de France – aimed at “taking the pulse” of the country.

Presidential aides said his goal was to “listen rather than speak”, The Guardian reports.

But the leader’s popularity with French voters has tanked over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic and growing concern over terror attacks.

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Macron speaking students in Tain l’Hermitage before he was slapped[/caption]

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The leader’s handling of the Covid pandemic has been criticised[/caption]

As cases continued to rocket in April, reports from France claimed that Macron was so arrogant that he doesn’t bother to listen to Covid experts any more.

French paper Le Monde said Macron flouted the advice of his experts for almost a year after he announced the reopening of schools in advance of scientific advice.

And thousands of serving French soldiers signed a letter last month accusing Macron of surrendering to Islamists.

The warning published in right-wing magazine, Valeurs Actuelles, claimed France was on the brink of civil war as a result of the president’s failure to tackle extremists.

The letter was welcomed by Marine Le Pen, leader of the right-wing National Rally party, who is widely seen as Macron’s main challenger in the presidential race.

It comes amid growing concern in France over ISIS-linked terror attacks and what some see as a breakdown of the nation’s secular ideals.

The beheading of teacher Samuel Paty last year sparked mass protests in favour of free speech and a government crackdown on “separatists”.

Shortly before being slapped, Macron had been asked to comment on recent remarks from far-left leader Jean-Luc Melenchon who suggested next year’s election would be manipulated.

“Democratic life needs calm and respect, from everyone, politicians as well as citizens,” Macron said.

In July last year, Macron and his wife Brigitte were verbally abused by a group of protesters while taking an impromptu walk through the Tuileries gardens in central Paris.

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