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French court gives man who slapped President Macron 4 months in jail

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A French court ordered the man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face to serve four months in jail, BFM TV reported.

The court gave Damien Tarel, 28, a fan of medieval swordsmanship and martial arts, a sentence of 18 months in jail, but 14 of those months were suspended, the broadcaster reported.

Earlier, Tarel told the court in Valence in southern France, that he was a right-wing sympathiser who acted because the president stoodfor all that was rotten with France, the news channel said.

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.”

Macron has described the attack as an isolated incident and said violence and hate were a threat to democracy. His office did not respond to a request for comment on Tarel’s courtroom remarks.

Tarel faced a charge of assault against a public official, an offence which carries a maximum sentence of three years in jail and a 45,000 euro fine.

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