Two people were arrested in Tain l’Hermitage and taken into custody on Tuesday. One of the two men is suspected of having slapped the head of state, the other of having filmed the scene.
Two individuals, suspected of having slapped Emmanuel Macron and filmed the scene during a presidential trip this Tuesday to Tain, in the Drôme, were arrested by the gendarmes of the Surveillance and Intervention Peloton of the Gendarmerie (PSIG) of Valence. They are currently in custody for “willful violence against a person holding public authority”, punishable by 3 years in prison and a fine of 45,000 euros.
“At this stage of the custody, their motivations are not known,” Alex Perrin, public prosecutor in Valence, told AFP.
Damien Tarel, 28, suspected of having slapped the face
Damien Tarel, 28, is the man in a green T-shirt in the videos. He is the one suspected of having slapped the President of the Republic. Originally from Saint-Vallier (Drôme), his home was searched in the evening.
Fan of medieval fights, he created an association of European Historical Martial Arts in his city. The attacker indeed shouted “Montjoie Saint-Denis, down with Macronie”, a war cry of the Capetians for the Kingdom of France in the 12th century. This phrase has since become a rallying sign for the far right.
The almost thirty years old is not known to the police and justice services. He is described by a person from Saint-Vallier as someone “without history”. A friend, Loïc, said on BFMTV that he had “not at all planned to do something like that”. “He does not have a violent temper. He is very reflective,” he added.
“When I saw him it left me stunned. I did martial arts with him, he’s more of a calm person, not at all wanting to slap for no reason,” he concluded. .
A second 28-year-old man, suspected of having filmed the scene
The second man, from the same town in Drôme, is a friend of the first suspect. He is also 28 years old. He is suspected of having filmed the scene.
The man is also not known to the police, according to information from BFMTV collected from a source close to the investigation.
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