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Video footage of a young man throwing an egg at French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday has raised eyebrows, but not for the reasons you may think.
The incident occurred as Macron visited an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon.
Footage shows Macron walking through the crowd when an egg bounces off his shoulder without breaking.
His bodyguards can be seen inching closer to the president and placing their arms up to defend him as other bodyguards took the man who threw the egg — a 19-year-old student — away from the scene.
Reporters said they heard Macron saying “If he has something to tell me, then he can come.”
The student was detained by police and Lyon prosecutors said an investigation was opened for “assault on a person in a position of public authority” and it will seek to determine the motivations of the man.
'How French' - social media reacts
The clip of the bizarre incident has been widely shared on social media, prompting viewers to speculate as to why the egg bounced off the French leader.
Many poked fun at the fact that the egg appears to be boiled.
“How French — they boil them first,” one woman Tweeted.
“Crikey the French protesters are so feisty! What would they do if they had [Boris] Johnson, scramble or boil?”another woman joked.
French President Emmanuel Macron was hit with an egg while he was visiting Lyon. A man was arrested after the incident at the international catering, hotel, and food trade fair in the city, French media said https://t.co/e1Mqvzmpio pic.twitter.com/j0ia8ugWxx
— Reuters (@Reuters) September 27, 2021
“Was the egg boiled? Kind of defeats the purpose of egging someone,” a man wrote.
Others said the egg was the last of their concerns when watching the footage.
“Is it just me, but the egg gave me the least anxiety - it was the crazy crowding and no breathable space,” one person tweeted.
In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he was greeting the public in a small town in southeastern France. The man was ordered to serve four months in jail.
The slap prompted a wide show of support for France’s head of state from politicians across the ideological spectrum.
With AP and Reuters
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