A French court has ordered French President Emmanuel Macron to spend four months in prison for the man who slapped him in the face, BFM TV reported.
The court sentenced Damien Tarrell, 28, a fan of medieval fencing and martial arts, to 18 months in prison, but 14 of those months were suspended, the broadcaster reported.
The news channel said earlier that Tarell had told the court in Valence, southern France, that he was a right-wing sympathizer who acted because the president stood up for all that was rotten with France.
Tarell attacked Macron when the French president was shaking hands with members of the public during a walkout in the Drme area of France.
Tarrell said that several days before Macron’s visit to the region, he had thought about throwing an egg or cream tart at the president, but added that the slap was not pre-planned.
According to BFM TV, he told the court, “I think Macron reflects very well the decay of our country.” “Had I challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I doubt he would have responded.”
Macron described the attack as an isolated incident and said violence and hatred are a threat to democracy. His office did not respond to a request for comment on Tarrell’s court remarks.
Tarell faced a charge of assault against a public official, a crime that carries a maximum prison term of three years and a fine of 45,000 euros.
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