Paris-Medieval martial arts enthusiasts who slapped President Emmanuel Macron told the court that he was a right-wing sympathizer who acted because he represented everything that was corrupt in France, BFMTV reported. ..
The 28-year-old Damian Tarrell told the Valence court that he was thinking of throwing eggs and cream tarts at the president a few days before Macron visited southeastern Drome, the news channel reported.
“I think Macron is a very good representation of the collapse of our country,” he told the court, according to BFMTV. “If I challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I don’t think he would have reacted.”
Macron later described the attack as an isolated case, stating that violence and hatred were threats to democracy.
Tarrell was guilty of assaulting a civil servant. The crime imposes up to 3 years in prison and a fine of € 45,000.
He struck Macron on Tuesday. After the president escaped from the pandemic and visited a vocational school on a trip to catch the heartbeat of the country prior to the 2022 presidential election, he greeted a small crowd of spectators.
After Macron reached out to Tarrell, who stood behind the security barrier, Tarrell shouted “with Macronia” (“Basra Macronnie”) and slapped the left side of Macron’s face.
He could also hear the screams of army battles, “Montjoi, Sandennis,” when France was still monarchy.
“It’s a patriot slogan,” he reportedly told the court.
The unemployed 28-year-old told police investigators that he was close to the rebel “yellow vest” protest that rocked President Macron.
An acquaintance of Tarrel described a man who loved role-playing in the era and was not a troublemaker. The prosecutor said he was not a member of any political or radical group.
Tarrell was arrested with a second man from his hometown of Saint-Vallier.
According to local prosecutor Alex Perin, police found the weapon at the second man’s house.
The second man is not charged with slap-related charges, but is charged in 2022 with illegal possession of weapons.