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Daily Mail - 2021-06-11

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Macron slapper jailed 4 months

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A HOLOCAUST denier who slapped Emmanuel Macron in the face as he greeted crowds this week was jailed for four months yesterday. Far-Right martial arts fan Damien Tarel, 28, struck the French president’s cheek while he was on the election trail. During his trial, Tarel said the unplanned assault had been prompted by anger at France’s ‘decline’. He acknowledged it was a ‘rather violent’ slap, adding: ‘When I saw his friendly, lying look I felt disgust and I had a violent reaction.’ He told the court in Valence: ‘It was an impulsive reaction...I was surprised myself by the violence.’ Weapons and a copy of Hitler’s book Mein Kampf were later found at Tarel’s home. He was convicted of ‘violence against a person invested with public authority’ in the town of Tain-l’Hermitage. His girlfriend wept as he was jailed. Mr Macron was not seriously hurt.

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