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Tomatoes hurled at France’s Macron on first post-election trip

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Tomatoes hurled at France's Macron on first post-election trip

About six of the small fruits, some orange, some red, contained in what looked like a blue plastic bag, flew over the head of the French leader and bounced off the shoulder and arm of two men beside him, according to broadcaster BFM-TV’s video. In June 2021, he was slapped in the face by a man while greeting locals on another trip. (AP) French President Emmanuel Macron has been the target of a bunch of tomatoes hurled by a disgruntled onlooker as he made his first public appearance after his weekend re-election victory.

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Macron was meeting residents on Wednesday when a bunch of cherry tomatoes whizzed by close to his face, missing him but hitting bystanders.

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His security detail moved swiftly, shouting “projectile! projectile!” and covering Macron's head with their hands before protecting him with a black umbrella.

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Macron appeared unflustered but keen to move on as rapidly as possible. 

No! No! No fighting,” he could be heard saying.

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While the incident was minor, it was a reminder of the challenges of fully protecting a president who is fond of immersing himself into crowds even in areas that can be hostile to him

In June 2021, he was slapped in the face by a man while greeting locals on another trip

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Macron has spent the last days secluded in an out-of-town residence and then the Elysee Palace, considering the formation of a new government following his defeat of far-right leader Marine Le Pen on Sunday

But reflecting his promise of uniting a divided France, he chose for his first post-election visit the French town of Cergy-Pointoise in the Paris suburbs, a low-income area where far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon came out on top in the first round of voting on April 10

Eye on parliament elections in June

Elysee officials emphasised that the visit to Cergy-Pointoise had been marked by a good atmosphere, with an intense crush caused by people trying to get as close as possible to the president

“In the poorest neighbourhoods, whether in cities or rural areas, we really need to create the conditions for real and effective equality of opportunity,” Macron said during the visit

“It is the only way to get rid of this distrust… and sense of abandonment,” he said

France's Constitutional Council is due to certify the results of the election later on Wednesday, paving the way for Macron's second term to start next month

With an eye on parliament elections in June, Macron is expected in the coming days to name a new prime minister and government but has offered few clues on who he may be considering

“I will appoint someone who is committed to social and environmental issues and is productive,” he said as speculation whirls that a woman could head the government for the first time since Edith Cresson in 1991

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Source: AFP