Emmanuel Macron slap: Man jailed for hitting French president in the face

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A 28-year-old man has received a four-month prison sentence after slapping France's President Emmanuel Macron in the face.

Damien Tarel was also given an additional 14-month suspended sentence for the offence, which took place on Tuesday as the leader was greeting a crowd.

Tarel was banned from ever holding public office and from owning weapons for five years.

He was quickly arrested after the slap that hit Macron's left cheek and charged with violence against a person invested with public authority.

In court, the defendant described himself as a right-wing or extreme "patriot" and a member of the yellow vest economic protest movement.

He told the court in the southeastern city of Valence that the attack was unplanned and impulsive and prompted by anger at France's "decline".

He was heard shouting a centuries-old royalist war cry as he struck the president.

In a video of the incident, Macron's security entourage quickly intervened and moved the leader away from his attacker.