“Democracy is debate, it is dialogue, it is the confrontation of ideas, the expression of legitimate differences of opinion,” he said. Castex told the French parliament. “But it can never be violence or verbal assault, let alone physical assault.”
Even Mr. Macron’s fiercest critics have voiced their support. Marine Le Pen, the leader of the far-right National Rally party and Mr. Macron’s biggest opponent in next year’s presidential election said it was “unacceptable” to physically attack the head of the French Republic.
“I’m Emmanuel Macron’s first opponent, but he’s the president,” she said. Le Pen said said at a news conference in the east of France. ‘One can fight him politically, but you can in no way be violent against him. ‘
Mr. Macron has shown an appetite for shaking hands, mingling with crowds and vigorously debating ordinary citizens on the streets, even more so in recent weeks as France lifts pandemic-related restrictions and moves closer to the 2022 presidential election, which for next year is planned. spring. But his style – partly professorial, partly contradictory – has sometimes led to rough interactions that quickly go viral and which critics say is proof that he is out of touch and dismissive.
He once reprimanded a French student for calling him by a nickname, a gardener who was out of work, rumored that it was so easy to get a job that ‘if I crossed the street, I would for you one would find ‘, and as economy minister, a trade union activist retorted that’ the best way to pay for a suit is to work. ‘
More recently, he expressed frustration over criticism of his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic by complaining that France was a country with ’66 million prosecutors’.
Mr. Macron also became the focus of intense anger from those who saw him as a ‘president of the rich’, especially after the unrest of the Yellow Vest movement, and protesters sometimes yelled and yelled at him. In July last year, a group of angry protesters shouted Mr Macron and his wife while making an impromptu walk in the Tuileries Garden of Paris.