Video of a man who slapped the French president, Emmanuel Macron, recently appeared online and went viral.
The 28-year-old man, Damien Tarel, who slapped the president while he was busy greeting his supporters, has been sentenced to 4 months in jail.
He was arrested immediately after the slap and later sued in court.
Tarel was convicted on a charge of violence against a person invested with public authority in a French court, situated in Valence, on Thursday, 10 June 2021.
The court sentenced him to four months in prison and a 14-month suspended sentence. He was also banned from holding a public post and weapon possession for a 5-year period.
When Tarel was interrogated by the French Police, he claimed to be an extreme-right wing patriot. He revealed he had a plan with a friend to come with a pie and throw it at the president. He sounded subtly when he told the court that ‘Emmanuel Macron represents the decline of France ‘.
“When I saw his friendly, lying look, I felt disgusted, and I had a violent reaction. It was an impulsive reaction … I was surprised myself by the violence”, he said in court.
Macron did not comment on the case on Thursday but noted that “nothing justifies violence in a democratic society, never. It’s not such a big deal to get a slap when you go toward a crowd to say hello to some people who were waiting for a long time.
We must not make that stupid and violent act more important than it is”, he said in an interview with a French BFM-TV.
Another man who was arrested along with Tarel would be prosecuted at a later date. Police found sensitive materials like war books, Nazi flags, swastika, and a Bolshevik flag in Authur’s home.
The swastika was a Nazi symbol used by Adolf Hitler whose policy was to purify the world. He ended up killing 6 million Jews.