French politician pelted with mud outside home by anti-vax mob

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    President of France
 Stephane Claireaux hold his hands up to protect his face  (Twitter/@AnnickGirardin)
Stephane Claireaux hold his hands up to protect his face (Twitter/@AnnickGirardin)

This is the moment an angry mob of vaccine passport protesters pelt a French politician with mud as he tries to leave his home, days after Emmanuel Macron said he wanted to “p*** off” the unvaccinated.

French politician Stephane Claireaux, who is a member of President Macron’s ruling La Republique En Marche party, said on Monday he had been attacked over the weekend by protesters demonstrating against France’s Covid health pass.

In video posted to Twitter, Claireaux is seen raising his hands to protect himself as handfuls of mud are hurled at him.

The mask-wearing politician, who claimed to have had death threats over planned social restrictions for the unjabbed, was confronted by dozens of protesters outside his home.

The mob laughs and cheers as he is hit in the face with what appears to be soil or manure.

The attack on Claireaux, which occurred on Sunday, comes amid public anger in France after Macron said he wanted to “p*** off” unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting the Covid vaccine.

Claireaux is member of Parliament for the constituency of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon, a French overseas territory in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean, near the Canadian province of Newfoundland and Labrador.

“I am obviously going to launch a legal complaint. Some people think the right decisions are not being made. We are all receiving death threats by mail, at some moment this has to stop,” Claireaux told France Info on Monday.

French Minister of Overseas Annick Girardin condemned the attack.

“The attack on Stephane Claireaux outside his own house during a demonstration against the health pass is totally unacceptable. The images are extremely shocking,” said Girardin.

Macron, who is expected to seek re-election later this year, made headlines on Tuesday when he used the word “emmerder” - which literally means to “put in the sh*t” - when he was talking about his strategy to pressure vaccine refusers to get coronavirus jabs.


Speaking in a news conference in Paris on Friday, Mr Macron, 44, acknowledged the term may have upset some, but he takes full responsibility for it.

“When some make from their freedom ... a motto, not only do they put others’ lives at risk, but they are also curtailing others’ freedom. That I cannot accept,” he said in reference to unvaccinated people.

“When you are a citizen you must agree to do your civic duty.”

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