Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

#MeToo and #BalanceTonPorc exposes extent of sexual harrassment

Read more

FOCUS

Turkey's brain drain: Talents turn their backs to limited freedom and declining economy

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

Internet giants: Too big to be taxed?

Read more

TALKING EUROPE

EU’s Karl-Heinz Lambertz: ‘Empowering regions and cities very important for Europe’s future’

Read more

ENCORE!

Music show: Client Liaison, Boyz II Men & Jessie Ware

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Iran deal decertified: Trump disavows nuclear agreement without walking away from it

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

British PM heads to Brussels amid Brexit standoff

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Why was Hollywood so quick to shun Harvey Weinstein and not others?

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Squeal on your pig': French women share sexual assault experiences on Twitter

Read more

France

French presidential hopeful, ex-PM Valls slapped during campaign stop

© Denis Charlet / AFP | Manuel Valls in Lievin on January 8, 2017.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2017-01-18

A youth reached out apparently to slap former prime minister Manuel Valls when he was on an election tour in France's Brittany region on Tuesday and was wrestled to the ground by a security guard, a video by local media showed.

Valls, 54, who was walking past a group of people in the town of Lamballe after coming out of the municipal offices, appeared to first shake hands with the youth who said something and then appeared to try to slap the former prime minister.

As Valls recoiled, a security guard seized the youth, in a choke-hold, pushed him back against a fence and then forced him to the ground, the video aired by Le Telegramme showed.

Police said later that the youth was aged 18 and had been detained.

Valls, who is running in the Left's primaries on Sunday to be a candidate for president, did not appear to have been hurt in the incident.

Valls, speaking to local reporters shortly after the incident, said: "I have never been afraid of having contact with French people. Democracy can never mean violence."

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2017-01-18

  • FRANCE

    Former French Prime Minister Valls comes under fire in second left-wing primary debate

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    Pro-EU Macron surges in French election polls

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French politicians turn to YouTube as presidential race heats up

    Read more

COMMENT(S)