A 28-year-old man who slapped French president, Emmanuel Macron, has been sentenced to four months in jail.
Damien Tarel was immediately arrested after the incident which occurred as Macron was greeting a crowd in the region on Tuesday.
A French court in the south-east city of Valence convicted Tarel on Thursday June 10, on a charge of violence against a person invested with public authority.
He was given four months in prison and an additional 14-month suspended sentence, and was banned from ever holding public office and from owning weapons for five years.
“I think that Emmanuel Macron represents the decline of our country,” he said, without explaining what he meant.
Macron wouldn’t comment Thursday on the trial, but insisted that “nothing justifies violence in a democratic society, never.”
“It’s not such a big deal to get a slap when you go toward a crowd to say hello to some people who were waiting for a long time.