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.
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.