Damien Tarel, who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron, has been sentenced to four months in jail. He will serve his sentence straight from the courtroom. The defense has ten days to appeal. This is reported by the French TV channel BFMTV.
The prosecution at the trial called the act of 28-year-old Tarel “totally unacceptable” and “an act of deliberate violence” and demanded 18 months imprisonment and a fine of 45 thousand euros.
The incident occurred during Macron’s visit to the Drome department in southeastern France on June 8. During a meeting with voters, Tarel, who was in the crowd, first shook hands with the president and then slapped him in the face. The guards quickly detained Tarel and his accomplice, who turned out to have been videotaping what was happening. The accomplice was later released until 2022 when he must stand trial again because weapons were found in his house during the search.
During the interrogation, Tarel stated that his actions “had not been planned in advance.”
The President of France himself did not pay much attention to what happened and intends to continue to meet with voters.