Damien Tarel, a twenty-year-old French citizen, disclosed the rationale for his decision to slap France’s President, Emmanuel Macron, on Thursday.
His answer, however, was insufficient to prevent the court from condemning him to four months in prison for slapping the president.
Tarel slapped the president on Wednesday while exchanging pleasantries with members of the public during a visit to France’s Drome area.
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When Tarel was hauled before the court, he revealed that he had planned various ways to humiliate the president just days before his visit to the region.
He revealed that he intended to throw eggs or a cream pastry at the president, but that the slap was not his first idea.
He told the court, “I think Macron reflects very neatly the degradation of our country.”
“I doubt Macron would have answered if I had challenged him to a duel at sunrise.”
He also expressed his displeasure with Macron’s “friendly” demeanor.
The court sentenced him to 18 months in prison, 14 of which are suspended.