Three Persons Prosecuted for Defamation During President Emmanuel Macron’s Visit to Alsace


Three people are due to appear in court in September because they showed their middle fingers and shouted insults earlier this month during the visit of French President Emmanuel Macron to Sélestat, a municipality in Alsace.


The Colmar prosecutor confirmed this to the AFP news agency on Saturday.

The three, two men and a woman, have no criminal record. However, they must answer for defamation against an authority figure, according to Attorney Catherine Sorita-Minard. She confirms reports in the newspaper L’Alsace.

A fourth person was arrested and placed under suspicion, but the court did not follow up on his file because there was insufficient evidence for the infringement.

The Colmar prosecutor had also received two complaints about the voluntary disconnection of electricity during Macron’s visit to Muttersholtz, a neighbouring municipality of Sélestat. In addition, the state had filed a complaint following this power failure that had affected two municipalities.

The power was cut when Macron visited a business in the village. Trade union CGT claimed the action. The investigation is still ongoing.

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