A young man slapped French President Emanuel Macron yesterday during his tour of the area The Drome, when he approached the gathered citizens with the intention of greeting them.
According to the latest news, two 28-year-olds were arrested in connection with this incident. The media report that they are from the Drom area. One grabbed the hand of the president who believed he wanted to shake hands and slapped him while an accomplice was filming the scene.
The moment when one of the attackers holds Macron’s hand and slaps him and the other – shoots (source Marianne)
He faces up to four years in prison
Security jumped on the president to protect and remove him, but after a few meters, Macron returned to a group of citizens where the gendarmes shot down the attacker, as if he wanted to argue with him.
Some analysts now comment that the president has exposed himself to unnecessary security risks in this way or even proved immature. Others speculate that this is in the president’s favor because public opinion has united around him.
The president immediately continued to greet the citizens and went further to the historic center of the city of Valence, without changing the planned program.
The recordings show that the attacker shouted “Down with Macronija” and “Monžua Sen Deni!” (“Montjoie Saint Denis!”), Which is the traditional war cry of the medieval French Capetian dynasty.
French media report that the two arrested were fans of the Middle Ages – medieval coats of arms, weapons and European medieval martial arts.
“Montjuis Saint-Denis” is, however, also a greeting used in our time by members of far-right groups as French action (Action française) which traditionally has anti-Protestantism, anti-Semitism, racism and kesenophobia.
The two arrested have not been punished or violated the law so far. They can be sentenced to up to four years in prison and a fine of up to 45,000 euros for attacking a state authority.
Alex Perren, the Republic Public Prosecutor from the city of Valence, confirmed that an investigation has been opened regarding this event.
Solidarity with the President of the Republic
On the account of President Macron, his message was published on the social network Twitter: “We do not give the Republic to violent individuals, they do not deserve it.”
Political leaders of all orientations in France strongly condemned the event, expressing concern over the spreading atmosphere of violence in the country.
In the parliament, whose session was in progress at the time of the incident, the Prime Minister Jean Castex took the floor, saying that violence, verbal attacks, and even less physical attacks, cannot be considered politics.
“I call on everyone to react republican, this concerns all of us. “The basics of our democracy are in question,” he said.
Former President Francois Hollande said that the attack on the President was an attack on the democratic institutions of the Republic.
The leader of the far right and the presidential candidate in next year’s elections, Marin Lepen, stated that “it is unacceptable for someone to physically attack the President of the Republic.”
“We can fight politically, but we cannot allow even the slightest gesture of violence against him, because that is how democracy is attacked. He is not only Emanuel Macron, but he is also the highest official of the state and institutions, “she said.
Solidarity with the President of the Republic was also expressed by the leader of the opposition from the far left, Jean-Luc Melanchon.
A history of French discontent
A year before the presidential and parliamentary elections, it can be said that violence marked Macron’s presidential mandate.
Shortly after the elections in the spring of 2017, he began to implement the promised economic reforms, so to speak, “over his knees”. Using the support of the majority in parliament, he was given the green light to rule by “decrees” that many saw as a blow to democracy.
Thus, a law on trade union decision-making was passed, which disempowered the traditionally powerful branch unions in France. The unions are fragmented by companies. They could no longer decide on collective agreements for entire industries. In each company, a simple majority has become enough to change the collective agreement.
Thus, after the traditional political parties of the right and left center, Macron also broke up the unions, which means that two key intermediaries between the people and the government were overthrown. The result was that Macron found himself directly confronted with an explosion of social dissatisfaction with “yellow vests”, starting in October 2018.
Even after several deaths and avenues in flames, the French president did not address the public, and when he spoke in front of the camera – he refused to use the term “yellow vests”. The reason for the protests was the announcement of an increase in fuel prices in the name of the government’s environmental policy. Correspondence leaked between members of the government, which clearly showed that the government did not intend to use the money from the price increase for ecology, but to fill the state coffers to some extent.
Dozens of young people will be crippled during the “yellow vest” protest, because the French police are the only ones in the EU to use grenades to disperse the masses, which are in fact weapons of war.
President Macron’s car convoy in the interior of the country will angrily scout the “yellow vests”, and some will try to stop it. Protesters even, on one occasion during the protest, entered the courtyard of the Elysee Palace, which had to be evacuated.
Macron abolished the wealth tax that had existed for decades, explaining that the largest industrial groups would invest that money and create new jobs. This “overflow of wealth” never happened – the wealthiest mostly sheltered him in “tax havens” or spent personal purchases.
The Central Bureau of Statistics has shown that it is not true – as Macron claimed – that the (abolished) wealth tax discouraged investors from coming to France. For the last 20 years – official data show – the tax existed, brought over four billion euros a year, had a social function and did not cause an outflow of investments.
“President of the very rich”
At the end of 2018 and the beginning of 2019, it turned out that the 40 richest industrial groups on the Paris Stock Exchange distributed record dividends and laid off more than 15 thousand people.
Macron thus quickly received the label of “president of the very rich”, as his predecessor said – former President Hollande, in whose administration Macron was an advisor, and then the Minister of Economy.
Macron’s reputation began to decline in the spring of 2018, when it broke out afera Benala, by the name of his private bodyguard. Benala moved from a private security agency to the presidency of the state when Macron was elected president.
In line with the ideology of state privatization, Benala has become de facto, though not formally, superior to gendarmerie colonels who, according to the constitution, care about the president’s security. It turned out that he has suspicious private connections with Russian tycoons, wears police badges even though he is not a policeman, and beats protesters even though his job is not to provide demonstrations.
To this chronology of violence should be added Islamist assassinations and daily attacks on police officers and citizens in urban suburbs where the state has almost no control over the territory, so Macron is now talking about “separatism” in relation to the laws of the Republic.
A long list of political assassinations
This is not the first time that French presidents have been more or less exposed to physical attacks by citizens.
It is known that five unsuccessful assassinations were carried out on President Degola. President Sarkozy (2007-2012) was also brutally dragged by a citizen, Hollande (2012-2017) was sprinkled with flour, and Prime Minister Jospin (1997-2002) was sprinkled with ketchup.
One of the most interesting episodes in the history of political assassinations happened in 1959 in Paris, when a member of the far right tried to assassinate the then Minister Francois Mitterrand. The French public unreservedly sided with the victim, but a week later, after the investigation, it turned out that the assassination was fake – it was organized by Mitterrand himself in order to gain public sympathy.
Mitterrand had to wait several years for this scandal to be forgotten. He will become the president of France in 1981 and will remain in the highest state position for a full 14 years, because at that time the presidential term in France lasted for seven years.
Source: Balkan Magazin – Aktuelnosti by www.balkanmagazin.net.
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