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Damien Tarel attacked Emmanuel Macron when he was shaking hands with members of the public during a walkabout in France’s Drome region.
A French court on Thursday sentenced a man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face this week to a prison term of 18 months, 14 of which were suspended.
Tarel medieval history enthusiast has been in custody since the assault on Tuesday, which a prosecutor called “absolutely unacceptable” and “an act of deliberate violence”.
He is 28 years old.
Damien Tarel Attacked on Macron
Tarel attacked Macron when the French president was shaking hands with members of the public during a walkabout in France’s Drome region.
Tarel said that several days ahead of Macron’s visit to the region, he had thought about throwing an egg or a cream tart at the president, but added the slap was not premeditated.
“I think that Macron represents very neatly the decay of our country,” he told the court, according to BFM TV.
“If I had challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I doubt he would have responded.”
Tarel faced a charge of assault against a public official, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail and a 45,000-euro ($54,750) fine.
Jailed For 4 Months
Tarel was found guilty of a “deliberate act of violence against an official” by the public prosecutor in Valence, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes.
Mr Macron was not hurt during the incident, which happened when he was greeting crowds on the afternoon of June 8 in Tain-l’Hermitage (Drôme).
The President was quickly moved away by his security guards and Mr Tarel was arrested by police.
Mr Tarel said the slap had been an “impulse decision” brought on by “a sense of injustice” which meant he could not simply shake the President’s hand as he approached him.
He said could tell by Mr Macron’s “chummy, lying look that he intended to try and make me vote for him,” and the thought made him feel disgusted.
When asked why he did not refuse the handshake or verbalize his feelings instead of resorting to violence, he said: “My reaction was a little impulsive and violent, but I think words would have had less impact.”