Great-nephew of President Macron’s wife Brigitte is savagely beaten by mob protesting against pension reforms


The great-nephew of French First Lady Brigitte Macron has landed in the hospital after he was repeatedly beaten up in an apparent politically motivated assault, following a TV address by the French president.

Jean-Baptiste Trogneux was attacked by anti-government protesters on Monday evening where he runs the family’s main chocolate shop in Amiens, northern France, according to police and family reports.

The 30-year-old was hit repeatedly on the head, arms, and legs by his aggressors, who insulted ‘the president, his wife, and our family’ before running away, his father Jean-Alexandre Trogneux told local French media.

‘They’ve crossed the line. I’m flabbergasted,’ he added, saying his son was being checked by a doctor and was awaiting the results of a brain scan.

Local police said they had arrested eight people after the attack, which took place shortly after President Macron had appeared for an interview on the country’s main TV news programme at 8:00pm (1800 GMT) on Monday evening, May 15.

Emmanuel Macron has since called the assault ‘unacceptable’, adding that ‘violence has no place in a democracy’.

The six men and two women remained in custody on Tuesday, and face charges of assault occasionally actual bodily harm, and gang violence, said a local police source.

Jean-Alexandre Trogneux said: ‘About forty demonstrators were there, after the president’s speech on TF1.

‘Around a dozen of them recognised him and attacked. They beat him up, with a lot of blows to the face.

‘He was hit continually, as he rolled on the ground, trying to defend himself, while they shouted out insults against the president and his wife.

Neighbours intervened and then they ran away.

‘He now has trauma and has to have a brain scan. There has been an association between our business and Emmanuel Macron since his election, and this has caused huge problems.

‘What has now happened has gone too far, and I am scared. There is no financial link between the Trogenux chocolate business, and the presidential couple, and yet we are targeted.’

Brigitte Macron’s family have run the Jean Trogneux chocolate shop in the centre of her home city of Amiens for six generations, specialising in a sugary local almond-based treat known as the Amiens Macaron.

Speaking on Tuesday, Ms Macron said she was in total solidarity with her family and condemned the ‘cowardice, stupidity and violence’ of the attack.

The Trogneux family business, which has since expanded around northern France, has been repeatedly targeted by protesters during Macron’s six years in power.

Macron has sparked the biggest demonstrations in a generation over reforms to the pension system, which include raising the retirement age to rise to 64 from 62 later this year.

He pushed the measures through without a parliamentary vote – causing outrage across the country.

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