The great-grandson of the grandson of France’s first lady, Brigitte Macron, who runs the family’s chocolate shop, was beaten in an apparently politically motivated attack, police and family sources said Tuesday.
Jean-Baptiste Trogneux was attacked by anti-government protesters on Monday evening outside the famous Trogneux chocolate shop in Amiens, northern France, his father told Agence France-Presse.
The 30-year-old was hit on the head, arms and legs by his assailants, who insulted “the president, his wife and our family” before fleeing, Jean-Alexandre said. Trogneux.
Brigitte Macron issued a statement condemning the “cowardice, stupidity and violence” of the attack. “I am in complete solidarity with my family and have been in constant contact since 23:00 yesterdayshe added.I have denounced on several occasions this type of violence that can only lead to the worst“.
Local police said they had arrested eight people after the attack, which happened shortly after President Macron appeared for an interview on the country’s main TV news program on Monday night.
Brigitte Macron’s family has run the Jean Trogneux chocolate shop in the center of her hometown of Amiens for six generations, specializing in a local almond-based sweet known as the Amiens Macaron.
The Trogneux family business, which later expanded across northern France, was repeatedly targeted by protesters during Macron’s six years in office amid rumors – repeatedly denied – that the first family had a financial interest. in the company.
“The store is not involved in politics“, Jean-Alexandre Trogneux told the local newspaper Le Courrier Picard on Tuesday.
“Emmanuel Macron has nothing to do with our business. I don’t understand all these people who keep harassing us. Some of them are even calling for a boycott of our stores and products. They mess everything up“.
Macron has sparked the biggest demonstrations in a generation over pension reforms, which include raising the retirement age from 62 to 64 later this year. During the protests in April, a fire was caused at one of his favorite restaurants in Paris, the luxury brasserie La Rotonde.
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