The unemployed man accused of slapping French President Emmanuel Macron throughout the face has appeared in court docket as he faces a tremendous of as much as €45,000 (£39,000).
Medieval martial arts fanatic Damien Tarel, 28, stated he’s a right-wing sympathiser who had acted as a result of the Macron represented ‘all that was rotten’ with France.
He advised the court docket in Valence that he initially thought-about throwing an egg or a cream tart on the politician.
As a substitute, throughout Mr Macron’s go to to the southeastern Drome area, he struck him and was immediately arrested.
“I feel that Macron represents very neatly the decay of our nation,” he advised the court docket, in response to BFM TV. “If I had challenged Macron to a duel at dawn, I doubt he would have responded.”
Mr Macron later described the assault as an remoted incident and stated violence and hate had been a risk to democracy.
Tarel confronted a cost of assault in opposition to a public official, an offence which carries a most sentence of three years in jail and a forty five,000 euro tremendous.
He struck Mr Macron on Tuesday after the president came to visit to greet a small crowd of onlookers after visiting knowledgeable coaching school.
It occurred throughout a visit forward of presidential elections in 2022.
Mr Macron reached out Tarel who was standing behind a safety barrier, Tarel then shouted “Down with Macronia” and slapped him on the left aspect of his face.
He is also heard shouting “Montjoie Saint Denis”, the military’s battle cry when France was nonetheless a monarchy.
“It is a patriot’s slogan,” he was quoted as telling the court docket.
The unemployed 28-year-old advised police investigators that he had been near the anti-government “yellow vest” protest motion which shook the Macron presidency, and held ultra-right wing political views.
Acquaintances of Tarel described a person who beloved interval role-play and was not a trouble-maker.
The prosecutor stated he was not a member of any political or militant group.
Tarel was arrested together with a second man from his hometown of Saint-Vallier.
Police discovered weapons, a duplicate of Adolf Hitler’s autobiographical manifesto Mein Kampf and a purple flag with golden sickle and mortar that’s the worldwide image of the communist motion within the second man’s residence, native prosecutor Alex Perrin stated.
The second man is not going to face any fees associated to the slapping however will likely be prosecuted for unlawful possession of arms in 2022.