Egg thrown at French President Macron during food trade fair

French President Macron was hit on the shoulder by an egg thrown at him by a young man during an international food trade fair in the French city of Lyon

A video of the incident, widely shared on the social media, shows Macron walking through the crowd when an egg bounces off of him without breaking. Two bodyguards can be seen immediately getting closer to the president and a man was taken away from the scene by other bodyguards.

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

Lyon prosecutors said the 19-year-old student who threw the egg was immediately detained by police. Their statement 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, who was not previously known to the police or justice services.

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

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