PARIS — Newly reelected French President Emmanuel Macron narrowly avoids being pelted by what looks like a small sackful of cherry tomatoes as he wades through a boisterous and packed crowd in a market northwest of Paris.
About six of the small fruits, some orange, some red, contained in what looked like a blue plastic bag, fly over the head of the French leader and bounce off the shoulder and arm of two men beside him, according to broadcaster BFM-TV’s video.
Macron himself seems oblivious of the near-miss until someone in the crowd shouts “projectile” and bodyguards raise arms over the French leader’s head to cover him.
Someone then unfurls a black umbrella to shield him, and his security detail steers him to cover under a nearby market-stall parasol. The president shelters there for a few moments until things calmed down.
Emmanuel Macron ciblé par un jet de tomates lors de son déplacement à Cergy pic.twitter.com/3J0hXIZSRP
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Macron, ostensibly unharmed and unperturbed, then happily continues his walkabout in Cergy-Pontoise, mingling and talking to people at the market. He tells reporters he is visiting the working-class neighborhood as part of his previously stated pledge to unite France after the bruising presidential campaign.
Macron, 44, comfortably beat far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the election runoff on Sunday.