Emmanuel Macron pelted with egg by protester who shouts ‘Vive la revolution!’

A man shouted “Vive la revolution!” and threw an egg at Emmanuel Macron while the French president was visiting a restaurant trade fair in the eastern city of Lyon on Monday.

According to Lyon Mag, which filmed the incident, the egg bounced off Mr Macron’s shoulder without breaking.

“If he has something to say to me, let him come and say it,” Mr Macron said shortly after the man was arrested by security forces and placed in a separate room.

“I’ll talk to him after. Go get him,” Mr Macron told his security detail.

Emmanuel Macron speaks to attendees during his visit to the International Catering, Hotel and Food Trade Fair, shortly before being slammed by the edible projectile

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Monday’s egging was not a first for Mr Macron, who is now in the midst of his second presidential campaign. While visiting an agricultural trade show during the 2017 campaign, a man launched an egg which exploded on top of his head. In 2016, when he was France’s economy minister, Mr Macron was pelted with eggs while visiting a post office in a suburb east of Paris.

The incident also marks the second time he has been attacked while greeting a crowd in less than three months. In June, while he was shaking hands with people in the southeast town of Tain-l’Hermitage, a far-Right sympathizer slapped the president and shouted “Down with Macronism!”

The perpetrator was handed a four month prison sentence and the slap was widely condemned across the political spectrum.

“I am Emmanuel Macron’s first opponent, but he is the president,” said Marine Le Pen, his far-Right rival, said shortly after the slap.

Mr Macron reacted to the slap as an “isolated incident” that should be “put into perspective”.

“The overwhelming majority of the French people are interested in substantive issues,” he told the French newspaper Le Dauphiné Libéré in June.

Mr Macron’s appetite for mingling with crowds has in some ways made him more approachable, but has also come with risks that have created several other PR nightmares for his administration.

In September 2018, he famously told a 25-year-old unemployed man struggling to find work “I can find you a job by crossing the road,” suggesting the man’s troubles were due to lack of motivation.

The conversation immediately went viral, fueling previous accusations that cast off Mr Macron as a ‘president of the rich’ who was out of touch with the everyday struggles of France’s working class.

Mr Macron’s security detail is expected to be on high alert over the coming months as the centrist leader continues making public appearances ahead of the April 2022 presidential elections. 

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