Earlier, he told the court in Valence in southern France, that he was a right-wing sympathiser who acted because the president stood for all that was rotten with France.
Damien attacked Macron when the French president was shaking hands with members of the public during a walkabout in France’s Drome region.
Damien said that several days ahead of Macron’s visit to the region, he had thought about throwing an egg or a cream tart at the president, but added the slap was not premeditated.
“I think that Macron represents very neatly the decay of our country,” he told the court, according to BFM TV. “If I had challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I doubt he would have responded.”
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