Egg Thrown at French President Macron During Food Trade Fair

By The Associated Press
The Associated Press
The Associated Press
September 27, 2021 Updated: September 27, 2021

PARIS—French President Emmanuel Macron was hit at the shoulder Monday by an egg thrown at him by a man during a visit to an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon.

A video of the incident, widely shared on social media, shows Macron walking through the crowd when an egg bounced off him without breaking. Two bodyguards can be seen immediately getting closer to the president to protect his shoulders.

The video also shows a man being taken away from the scene by other bodyguards.

Reporters at the scene heard Macron saying “If he has something to tell me, then he can come.”

Jury members of the Bocuse d'Or gastronomy contest
Jury members of the Bocuse d’Or gastronomy contest are pictured during a visit of French President at the International Catering, Hotel and Food Trade Fair (SIRHA) in Lyon, central France, on Sept. 27, 2021. (Ludovic Marin/Pool via AP)

No details have been released by authorities on the identity or the motivations of the man.

In June, Macron was slapped in the face by a man as he was greeting the public in a small town in south-eastern France. He then denounced “violence” and “stupidity.”

The slap prompted a wide show of support for France’s head of state from politicians across the ideological spectrum.

Macron, like his predecessors, enjoys spending time in meet-and-greets with members of the public. Called “crowd baths” in French, they have long been a staple of French politics.

A little over six months before France’s next presidential election, Macron, 43, has not yet announced his re-election bid but is expected to do so.