Macron joins global leaders in condemning gun attack on Slovakian prime minister

French president Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday joined leaders from around the world in condemning the gun attack that left the Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico fighting for his life.

Fico, 59, was shot several times as he mingled with a small group of people during a visit to Handlova nearly 200 km to the north-east of the capital Bratislava.

He was transported by helicopter to nearby Banska Bystrica for urgent treatment, the government office said. A man has been arrested in connection with the shooting, it added.

Macron said he was shocked by the assault.

"I strongly condemn this attack," he said on social media. "My thoughts and solidarity are with him, his family and the people of Slovakia."

'Heinous attack'

"I am shocked, we are all shocked by the terrible and heinous attack," said Slovakia's outgoing president Zuzana Caputova.

The country's president-elect and Fico ally Peter Pellegrini said he learned of the shooting "with horror".

"An assassination attempt on one of the highest constitutional officials is an unprecedented threat to Slovak democracy," he said on social media.

Both the Russian leader Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden offered messages of support.

Biden called the assault a horrific attack and said he and First Lady Jill Biden were praying for a swift recovery.

"I very much hope that these qualities will help him to withstand this difficult situation."

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