Jail sentence for man who slapped French president Jun 11, 2021 0 41 12345 dpaParis A man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron during a public event has been sentenced to 18 months in jail, but with 14 months of those as a suspended sentence.The 28-year-old was also banned from holding public office or possessing any weapons, television station BFMTV reported from the courtroom in Valence.Damien T slapped the 43-year-old president on Tuesday during a visit to Tain-l’Hermitage, south of Lyon. The incident caught on camera caused consternation throughout the country.The 28-year-old did not deny the act in court and, according to the TV station, said he was a victim of injustice.Macron stands for the decline of France, the broadcaster quoted him as saying. Previously, he had also considered throwing an egg or a pie, he said.Macron talked about the incident in a TV interview on Thursday, stressing it was an “isolated act.” He went on to talk about violence against women and comment on how there had been “moments of very high tension in our country,” for example during the “Yellow Vest” protests.About a year before national elections, and less than two weeks before regional elections, Macron is on a tour through the country to meet voters. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES US pledges 500 mn doses of Pfizer/BioNTech COVID vaccine to poorer nations Jun 11, 2021 0 499 British health secretary defends decision on coronavirus lockdown Jun 11, 2021 0 39 Partial solar eclipse delights British skygazers as crescent sun seen Jun 11, 2021 0 45 G7 summit to discuss Russia’s overstepping of norms Falmouth, England How to deal with Russia will be one of the main foreign policy issues to be discussed by the Group of Major Industrialised Nations (G7) at its summit in England, sources said on Thursday. The focus will be .. EU tacks on to Biden call for full probe into coronavirus origins dpa Brussels The European Union’s top officials have thrown their weight behind US-led calls for deeper investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus, in a move that may well irk Beijing. “It is of utmost .. Amnesty urges international community to take action on Uighurs Beijing The human rights organisation Amnesty International on Thursday called on the international community to do more to halt the persecution of the Muslim minority Uighurs in China. “The Chinese authorities have .. 350,000 people in Ethiopia face acute risk of starvation: UN New York (dpa) - Several United Nations agencies have sounded an alarm about hundreds of thousands of people in the embattled Tigray region of Ethiopia who are being acutely threatened by starvation. More than 350,000 .. ‘Humanitarian calamity’ if UN’s Syria aid resolution lapses: HRW New York Human Rights Watch (HRW) warned on Thursday that millions of Syrians are at risk of being without supplies as an important UN resolution on aid deliveries expires next month. “In July, the UN Security Council ..