Attends Food Trade Fair, French President Macron Throws Eggs

A young man, Monday (28/9), throws an egg on the shoulder of French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to the international food trade fair in Lyon, France.

The Associated Press reports a video of the incident, which was shared widely on social media, shows Macron walking through the crowd as an egg landed on his shoulder, though it didn’t break. Two bodyguards were seen immediately approaching the president and a man was led away from the scene by another bodyguard.

Journalists heard Macron say, “If he has something to say to me, then he can come.”

Lyon prosecutors said the 19-year-old student who threw the egg was immediately detained by police.

In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he greeted the public in a small town in southeastern France. He later called the act “violence” and “stupidity.” The slap sparked widespread support for the French head of state from politicians with various ideological backgrounds.

Macron, like his predecessors, enjoys spending time meeting the public. Known as “crowd baths” or “showering with visitors” in French, the activity has long been a staple of French politics. [ah/rs]

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