The man 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 with his mom, police have revealed.
Named solely as Damien T., the long-haired bespectacled man was bundled to the bottom by bodyguards after hanging the president and crying out: ‘Montjoie Saint Denis,’ an previous royalist struggle cry, ‘A Bas La Macronie’ (‘Down with Macronia’).
The grievous safety breach has overshadowed the beginning of a Macron’s ‘Tour de France,’ supposed to gauge public opinion after a year of lockdowns, and drew condemnation from throughout the political spectrum.
Police searched Damien’s residence the place they uncovered weapons, a Soviet flag, a copy of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf, fantasy novels, Japanese comics and simulation video games, an investigating supply revealed.
In the quick aftermath a police supply had claimed Damien was ‘anarchist,’ however detectives at the moment are engaged on the idea he subscribes to a form of ‘ideological mush,’ Le Parisien newspaper reported.
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Named solely as Damien T., the assailant is a medieval fanatic whose social media reveals him sporting clothes of the period and collaborating in re-enactments
French President Emmanuel Macron was slapped throughout the face by a man throughout a journey to southeast France on Tuesday, an aide stated.
Damien T., sporting a inexperienced t-shirt and white masks, is seen slapping Macron throughout the face as bodyguards leap in to intervene
The president is hauled away to security after being struck as his guards bundle the attacker to the bottom
Macron appears at his attacker as bodyguards transfer in to deal with the assailant
His Instagram account reveals him donning armour and wielding swords, posing on hay bales in robes and a velvet beret, and sporting a helmet used within the Japanese martial artwork of Kendo.
A supply instructed Le Parisien he lives ‘in a form of parallel world made from role-playing video games, simulations of medieval fights.’
He was detained with his good friend, Arthur C. who is the identical age, and who is accused of shouting abuse at Macron.
The pair travelled from their residence city Saint-Vallier to the village of Tain-l’Hermitage, about 10 miles south alongside the Rhone, the place Macron was greeting voters.
They had been attending a Yellow Vest protest which occurred within the close by city of Valence at round noon, based on L’Obs journal.
At some level within the day the pair, alongside with one other good friend who has not been arrested, have 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 is an ‘anarchist’ and references the ‘decline of France.’
He provides that he can’t say something extra, claiming that the media usually misconstrues such views.
At round 1.15pm on Tuesday, Damien T was seen standing at limitations outdoors the Tain-l’Hermitage culinary college which Macron had been visiting.
Macron came visiting 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 protect at a re-enactment
Damien T. hugging a tree in a put up from Instagram. A supply instructed Le Parisien he lives ‘in a form of parallel world made from role-playing video games, simulations of medieval fights.’
Detectives at the moment are engaged on the idea he subscribes to a form of ‘ideological mush,’ Le Parisien newspaper reported
Bodyguards shortly 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 couple 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 individuals’s palms whereas a bodyguard stood between him and the group.
Sources declare Damien T. and Arthur C. are ‘marginal’ members of their area people, ‘with out jobs.’
Damien T. follows each right-wing and and left-wing YouTube channels, amongst others that are targeted on Japanese Manga comedian books and historic fight.
One of the channels he follows is referred to as Media for All and is hosted by Vincent Lapierre, who rose to prominence with his protection of the Yellow Vest protests in 2018 – which he overtly supported.
Two individuals have been arrested following the incident within the village of Tain-l’Hermitage within the Drome area the place Macron had been meeting restaurateurs and college students to speak about how life is returning to regular after the Covid restrictions have been eased
Another YouTuber adopted by Damien is Papicito, a 35-year-old fan of comics who has trenchant positions towards immigration and launched a controversial video earlier this year 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 court docket in Valence.
They have been charged with ‘wilful violence towards a individual holding public authority.’
If convicted, the attacker faces as much as three years in jail and a nice of 45,000 euros (£38,000).