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The egg “bounced off Macron’s shoulder and burst onto the ground right in front of me,” Florence Lago, a reporter for French publication Lyon Mag, told CNN.

Lyon Mag shared a video of the incident at the food and hospitality trade fair SIRHA on his Twitter account. The clip showed the egg bouncing off Macron’s shoulder before the camera turned to officials restraining a man in the crowd.

The motivations for the incident remain unclear. Lago said she saw a young man throw the egg but did not hear him scream anything. She said security guards immediately escorted the man out of the premises.

A spokesperson for the Elysee Palace, who was with Macron at the time, told CNN the incident was overblown.

“The president went around for two hours, he was warmly greeted and all was calm. There is nothing to say as it did not disrupt his walk,” the spokesperson said, adding: ” I was next to the president, I can tell you there is no story. “

Macron had already been targeted with an egg in 2017, when he was a presidential candidate. The egg cracked on his head during this incident.

In June of this year, he was slapped in the face by a man in a crowd as he addressed the public during a visit to south-eastern France. Macron’s security service quickly intervened, attacking the man while pushing the president away from the crowd barrier.

With less than a year of the presidential elections in France, Macron is on a charm offensive with voters. In June, his party performed poorly in regional elections, which were closely watched ahead of the presidential election next April. However, given the low voter turnout, political experts said it was difficult to draw conclusions.



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