Macron skinned with tomatoes during his first public outing after his re-election

French President Emmanuel Macron was pelted with tomatoes in his first public appearance since being re-elected on Sunday.

During a visit to a market in the commune of Cergy in the Paris suburbs on Wednesday morning, President Macron was pelted with tomatoes as he tried to meet members of the public.

The French leader was reportedly unharmed in the attack, with his security guards quickly covering Mr Macron with umbrellas as the tomatoes fell on him.

According to a report by French television channel BFMTV, the visit to the Val-d’Oise prefecture market was the first interaction the head of state has had with the public since winning a second term on Sunday. of five years. The broadcaster went on to note that the visit was not announced until early Wednesday morning.

Before being the object of spontaneous acts of fruit, Mr. Macron declared of his visit to Cergy: “This trip illustrates the desire of the President of the Republic since 2017 to go into the field, in contact with the French, to discuss with them, listening to their concerns, expectations and needs.

It is not known if the umbrellas used by Macron’s security service to protect him from improvised missiles were of the ordinary type, or the reinforced Kevlar specials designed to slow down the blades, acid and even bullets that would have been created to President Nicolas Sarkozy. a decade ago.

Although Mr Macron easily won victory over his right-wing populist opponent Marine Le Pen, by a margin of 58.5-41.5%, France has already seen widespread unrest, with left-wing groups staging protests and riots after the re-election of the former Rothschild. banker as president.

Despite the wide margin of victory, exit polls have indicated French youth are turning away from Mr Macron’s globalist policies, with Le Pen getting almost as many votes from millennials.

At the time of this report, the identity of the author or even the motivation behind the launch of cherry tomatoes on the French leader is unknown.

However, this is not the first time that Mr Macron has been attacked during a meeting with the French public. Last year, for example, he was filmed being slapped in the Drome department by a man who later described himself as a right-wing “patriot”. The man was later sentenced to four months in prison.

In September last year, President Macron was also attacked by a man throwing an egg at him, but the egg bounced off his shoulder without smashing into the French president.

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