The person who slapped Emmanuel Macron throughout the face yesterday is a 28-year-old medieval fanatic who function performs in plate armour with lengthy swords and lives along with his mom, police have revealed.
Named solely as Damien T., the long-haired bespectacled man was bundled to the bottom by bodyguards after placing the president and crying out: ‘Montjoie Saint Denis,’ an previous royalist conflict cry, ‘A Bas La Macronie’ (‘Down with Macronia’).
The grievous safety breach has overshadowed the beginning of a Macron’s ‘Tour de France,’ meant to gauge public opinion after a 12 months of lockdowns, and drew condemnation from throughout the political spectrum.
Police searched Damien’s house the place they uncovered weapons, a Soviet flag, a duplicate of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, fantasy novels, Japanese comics and simulation video games.
Within the fast aftermath a police supply had claimed Damien was ‘anarchist,’ however detectives are actually engaged on the premise he subscribes to a form of ‘ideological mush,’ Le Parisien newspaper reported.
Named solely as Damien T., the assailant is a medieval fanatic whose social media reveals him carrying clothes of the period and collaborating in re-enactments
French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped throughout the face by a person throughout a visit to southeast France on Tuesday, an aide mentioned.
His Instagram account reveals him donning plate armour and wielding lengthy swords, posing on bales of hay in robes and a velvet beret, and carrying a helmet used within the Japanese martial artwork of Kendo.
A supply advised Le Parisien he lives ‘in a type of parallel world made from role-playing video games, simulations of medieval fights.’
He was detained along with his good friend, Arthur C. who is similar age.
The pair travelled from their house city to the village of Tain-l’Hermitage, about 10 miles south alongside the River Rhone, the place Macron was greeting voters as a part of his ‘Tour de France,’ following a 12 months of lockdowns.
They’d been attending a Yellow Vest protest which passed off within the close by city of Valence at round noon, in keeping with L’Obs journal.
In some unspecified time in the future within the day the pair, together with one other good friend who has not been arrested, had been chatted to by a journalist who requested them what they considered the president being on the town.
Damien T. is seen standing subsequent to the person within the video who tells the reporter he’s an ‘anarchist’ and references the ‘decline of France.’
He provides that he can not say something extra, claiming that the media usually misconstrues such views.
At round 1.15pm on Tuesday, Damien T was seen standing at limitations exterior the Tain-l’Hermitage culinary faculty which Macron had been visiting.
Macron came to visit to greet him and he gave the impression to be stopping the president for a chat, taking maintain of his arm earlier than lashing out with a slap, shouting: ‘Down with Macronia’ (‘A Bas La Macronie’).
Damien T in a go well with of plate armour carries a defend at a re-enactment
Damien T. hugging a tree in a publish from Instagram. A supply advised Le Parisien he lives ‘in a type of parallel world made from role-playing video games, simulations of medieval fights.’
Detectives are actually engaged on the premise he subscribes to a form of ‘ideological mush,’ Le Parisien newspaper reported
Bodyguards rapidly seized upon the assailant and bundled him to the bottom earlier than dragging him away, as Macron was pulled to security by a member of the safety element.
A number of seconds later, Macron returned to the limitations to get a phrase in, though it was unclear what he was saying. He then continued to shake folks’s arms whereas a bodyguard stood between him and the group.
Sources declare Damien T. and Arthur C. are ‘marginal’ members of their local people, ‘with out jobs.’
Damien T. follows each right-wing and and left-wing YouTube channels, amongst others that are centered on Japanese Manga comedian books and Medieval fight.
One of many channels he follows known as Media for All and is hosted by Vincent Lapierre, who rose to prominence along with his protection of the Yellow Vest protests in 2018 – which he brazenly supported.
Two folks had been arrested following the incident within the village of Tain-l’Hermitage within the Drome area the place Macron had been assembly restaurateurs and college students to speak about how life is returning to regular after the Covid restrictions had been eased
One other YouTuber adopted by Damien is Papicito, a 35-year-old fan of comics who has trenchant positions in opposition to immigration and launched a controversial video earlier this 12 months of him capturing a ‘liberal’ earlier than repeatedly stabbing him. It has since been eliminated by YouTube.
Damien T. and Arthur C. could also be detained for as much as 48 hours earlier than an look on the courtroom in Valence.
They’ve been charged with ‘wilful violence in opposition to an individual holding public authority.’
If convicted, the attacker faces as much as three years in jail and a high quality of 45,000 euros (£38,000).