Damien Tarel, the 28-year-old young man who slapped the French President, Emmanuel Macron in a rather dramatic scene has told the Valence court based in southern France what informed his decision.
In an earlier video which went viral on social media, Damien landed a surprise slap on the face of the President when he (Macron) reached out to greet the crowd during a walkabout in southern France.
During a court trial, the young man told prosecutors that his violent action, though impulsive, was informed by a reflection on the decline of the country under the leadership of Emmanuel Macron.
“I think that Macron represents very neatly the decay of our country,” he told the court whilst adding that, “If I had challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I doubt he would have responded.”
The Frenchman reportedly added that, “when I saw his friendly, lying look, I felt disgusted, and I had a violent reaction…It was an impulsive reaction… I was surprised by the violence.”
Despite his claims that the action was not intended as it turned out, the Valence court interpreted it as one which is “absolutely unacceptable” and “an act of deliberate violence” towards the President and handed him a four-month jail term.