Danish PM suffered whiplash after alleged assault

Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has suffered a slight whiplash injury after being allegedly assaulted by a man in central Copenhagen, her office says.

"Apart from that, the prime minister is safe and sound, but she is shocked by the incident," it said, adding that Frederiksen had been taken to hospital for a check-up following the incident late on Friday.

All Ms Frederiksen's official events on Saturday have been cancelled.

Danish police said a 39-year-old man would appear before a judge for preliminary questioning in relation to the alleged assault.

Police said the man would be brought before the Copenhagen City Court for questioning, but declined to provide more detail.

Frederiksen, was able to walk away and had no outward signs of harm after the incident, Soren Kjergaard, who works as a barista in central Copenhagen, told Reuters after seeing her being escorted away by security.

Neither the police nor the prime minister's office said anything about the man's motive or whether he had carried a weapon.

The assault came two days before Danes head to the polls in the European Union election.

A month ago, three German politicians suffered assaults ahead of European Parliament and district council elections and more attacks followed earlier this week.

Several EU leaders condemned the incident, which happened just three weeks after Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico was seriously injured in an assassination attempt.

"The attack on Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen is an intolerable act of violence that represents an attack on the heart of democratic values," Italy's Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said on social media platform X.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said she was "shocked at the news".

"I condemn this despicable act which goes against everything we believe and fight for in Europe," she said.