Man Who Slapped France President Emmanuel Macron Sentenced To 18 months In Prison

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A French court on Thursday sentenced a man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron across the face this week to a prison term of 18 months, 14 of which were suspended.

Tarel was arrested along with a second man from his hometown of Saint-Vallier.

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Damien Tarel, a 28-year-old medieval history enthusiast, has been in custody since the assault on Tuesday which a prosecutor called “absolutely unacceptable” and “an act of deliberate violence”.

The court gave Tarel a sentence of 18 months in jail, but 14 of those months were suspended.

Macron has described the attack as an isolated incident and said violence and hate were a threat to democracy.

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