Those in power will undoubtedly be political targets.
So when French President Emmanuel Macron was… punched in the face by an angry agitator, he wasn’t the first leader to be subjected to a political attack that escalated into a physical one.
Here are just some of the wildest attacks on the political scene — targeting leaders from former US President George W. Bush to former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger:
US President George W. Bush
Bush got shoes thrown at him by an Iraqi journalist during a trip to Baghdad in 2008.
Muntadhar al-Zaidi, who worked for the Egypt-based al-Baghdadia television network, took off his shoes one by one and waved them at Bush’s head during a farewell press conference with Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki at his palace.
“This is a goodbye kiss from the Iraqi people, you dog,” he shouted in Arabic.
But the president quickly ducked both shoes, which flew over his head.
“That was a size 10 shoe he threw at me, you might want to know,” Bush joked at the time.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard
Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard was subjected to Vegemite sandwiches thrown at her by a student when she toured a school in Queensland in 2013.
“One boy thought he might be a little naughty,” the prime minister said at the time of the incident.
School officials identified the perpetrator as 16-year-old Kyle Thomson, Agence France-Press reported.
But Thomson denied he was the one responsible for the stunt, claiming that he was actually the one trying to prevent the popular Aussie edible from being thrown, the outlet reported.
“I knocked the sandwich out of the boy’s hands because he threw it and there was another one so I knocked it out of his hand,” he said.
Albuquerque, New Mexico, mayoral candidate Manny Gonzales
Bernalillo County Sheriff Manuel Gonzales III, who is running for mayor of Albuquerque, was taunted during a rally by a drone with a sex toy attached to it – only to be punched in the face by the man flying it.
The Democratic nominee was speaking onstage earlier this month as the drone — known as the “Dongcopter” — began making its rounds at the Revel Entertainment Center, the Albuquerque Journal reported.
When the location seized the device, its owner, 20-year-old Kaelan Ashby Dreyer, was trying to get it back, the outlet reported.
A scuffle ensued and Dreyer slapped the candidate’s arm as he reportedly shouted, “He’s a tyrant.”
French President Emmanuel Macron
The French president was on tour to “take the pulse of the country” amid the coronavirus pandemic when he was attacked by an angry man in Tain-l’Hermitage on June 8.
The man started yelling, “À bas la Macronie!” or “Down with Macronia!” to Macron, before delivering a sharp slap to the leader’s left cheek.
Macron’s bodyguards quickly intervened and two people were arrested, local media reported.
“The man who tried to beat the president and another person is currently being questioned by the gendarmerie,” the regional prefecture said in a statement, according to AFP.
California Government Arnold Schwarzenegger
The former governor was just a candidate when he took an egging before a major campaign speech in Long Beach, California, in 2003.
Schwarzenegger was punched in the shoulder by a raw egg when he shook supporters’ hands as he walked to the podium, Fox News reported.
One of his campaign staff tried to wipe the egg off, but the candidate continued to greet well-wishers, eventually ditching his yellow sports jacket to deliver the speech in just a collared shirt, the outlet reported.