Macron, 44, caused a stir last week when he vowed to ‘p*** off’ the unvaccinated during a Q&A session with readers of Le Parisien on how the government will handle non-vaccinated people.
The polarising remark has enraged the president’s critics in France, who were stunned by Macron’s apparent delight in targeting a considerable portion of the population.
But during Monday’s presidential visit to Tende – a town in the French Alps which was hit by extreme flooding in 2020 – protestor Justyna gave Macron’s insult straight back to him.
As the president spoke with several individuals in the crowd, Justyna stepped forward and reprised the head of state’s insult, raising her palms to show the slogan ‘f*** you!’ emblazoned across her palms.
It comes as Stephane Claireaux, a member of the ruling La République en Marche (LREM) party, was bombarded with mud, stones and seaweed by anti-vaccine pass protestors outside his home on Sunday.
Protestor Justyna has made headlines in France after she turned President Macron’s insult towards the nation’s unvaccinated back on him during his visit to an alpine town yesterday – the words ‘f*** you’ can be seen emblazoned across her palms
As Macron spoke with a crowd of people in the French town of Tende, Justyna stepped forward and reprised the same insult which Macron had fired towards France’s unvaccinated population days earlier
Macron, 44, caused a stir last week when he vowed to ‘pi** off’ the unvaccinated during a question and answer session with readers of Le Parisien on how the government will handle non-vaccinated people (Macron pictured in Tende, yesterday)
The now infamous French expression ’emmerder’ – which can be translated as ‘to p*** off’, or more strongly ‘f***’ – has already been seized upon by Macron’s detractors.
It was chanted at anti-vaccine pass demonstrations this past weekend in Paris and emblazoned on placards as a symbol of defiance from those who disapprove of the president’s overt desire to make life hard for the unvaccinated.
Justyna told BFMTV that she drove from Saorge, a quarter of an hour from Tende, specifically to join the crowd so as to deliver Macron’s message straight back to him.
‘I didn’t want to tell him anything, just let him see the message,’ Justyna told BFMTV a few minutes later.
‘I wanted to show him – f*** you, as he dared to say f*** you all about the unvaccinated. This is not how a president should speak,’ she declared.
The president, who was taking time to field questions and speak with several members of the crowd who greeted him in Tende, was left stunned.
He quickly thanked the crowd and made a hasty proclamation to ‘protect yourself against Covid’ before immediately leaving the scene.
Macron first made the motorious remark on January 4 during an interview with French paper Le Parisien.
The French President said he wanted to ‘p*** off’ unvaccinated people by making their lives so complicated they would end up getting jabbed.
‘By – and I’m sorry for putting it this way – by p***ing them off even more,’ Macron said.
‘I’m generally opposed to the French being p****d off. I complain all the time about administrative blockages. But when it comes to the non-vaccinated, I’m very keen to p*** them off. So we’re going to do it, the end. That’s our strategy.’
His comments drew ire from millions of people in France, as well as opposition MPs and officials.
The French government has defended President Emmanuel Macron’s vow to ‘p*** off’ the unvaccinated, saying the unjabbed are already ‘p***ing off’ health workers and businesses
Macron meanwhile has refused to apologise for the remark.
Speaking in a news conference in Paris this past weekend, the president acknowledged the term may have upset some, but said he takes full responsibility for it.
‘Not only do they put others’ lives at risk, but they are also curtailing others’ freedom. That I cannot accept,’ he said in reference to unvaccinated people.
‘When you are a citizen you must agree to do your civic duty.’
Macron is a staunch advocate for the new vaccine pass, which aims to encourage more people to get the vaccine by restricting the social life of those non vaccinated.
The measure will exclude unvaccinated individuals from places such as restaurants, cinemas, theaters, museums and sports arenas. The pass will also be required on inter-regional trains and buses, and on domestic flights.
The bill is to be debated at the Senate this week and the government hopes to put it in place around mid-January.
It come as Stephane Claireaux, a member of Macron’s arty, was bombarded with mud, stones and seaweed by anti-vaccine pass protestors on Sunday.
Footage showed the politician being pelted with the mess outside his overseas home in the overseas territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon in the northwestern Atlantic Ocean.
Stephane Claireaux (pictured in June 2017) said he would file a legal complaint over the attack and revealed he had received ‘death threats by mail’ in comments on Monday
On Monday, Claireaux told France Info: ‘I am obviously going to launch a legal complaint. Some people think the right decisions are not being made.
‘We are all receiving death threats by mail, at some moment this has to stop.’
French Minister of Overseas Annick Girardin condemned the attack on Claireaux.
‘The attack on Stephane Claireaux outside his own house during a demonstration against the health pass is totally unacceptable. The images are extremely shocking,’ said Girardin.
Brigitte Macron ‘received anonymous phone call saying her husband was with a gay lover’, French documentary claims
Despite top-level security checks on all her devices, a tormentor got through to the 68-year-old and said: ‘I know your husband is right now with a man in such and such a place.’
Political commentator Nicolas Prisette makes the claim in a new documentary called ‘In the Hell of the Presidential Campaigns’ on BFM – France’s most popular TV news channel.
It follows frequent scandalous rumours about the couple’s personal life, including claims that Ms Macron was in fact born a man.
The pair first met in 1993, when President Macron, then 15, walked into 39-year-old Brigitte’s high-school literature class in Amiens, France.
Brigitte later divorced her husband, with whom she shares three children, in favour of Mr Macron, a man 24 years her junior.
French first lady Brigitte Macron received an anonymous telephone call alleging that her president husband Emmanuel Macron was with a gay lover, it has emerged (The Macrons pictured Oct 15, 2021 in Paris)
Senator François Patriat, a member of Mr Macron’s En Marche (On The Move) party, confirmed that Ms Macron was left devastated by the telephone call alleging her 44-year-old husband was with a lover.
Mr Patriat said Ms Macron told friends afterwards: ‘Do you realise what they dare to say? We won’t be spared anything. I was sad and shocked to hear that, but we will push on.’
The 24-year age gap between the Macrons has always caused problems, especially as they began a relationship when Emmanuel Macron was still a schoolboy in their home city of Amiens, northern France.
His affair with the future Ms Macron, then a married teacher and mother-of-three, caused a scandal, but the couple have remained together ever since.
In his book and political manifesto Revolution, President Macron described the affair as ‘a love often clandestine, often hidden, misunderstood by many before imposing itself.’
The Macrons ended up getting married in the Channel beach resort of Le Touquet in 2007, but not before causing extreme angst among those closest to them.
The documentary also notes that Ms Macron has been hurt by criticism about her dress sense since becoming first lady in 2017.
Gael Tchakaloff, a confidante of Ms Macron, told the programme that even the ‘candidate’s team was not a fan of hers, and I could hear them talk about it saying “she mustn’t show herself too much, she can damage the image of our candidate“.
Ms Tchakaloff said aides thought Ms Macron was ‘too brushed, too cross-legged, wearing too much make-up, too much of a bimbo.’
Lawyers for Ms Macron last month lauched legal proceedings over fake claims that she is a transgender woman who was born a man.
Conspiracy theorists have attacked Ms Macron on social media after a far-right publication published the baseless rumours in December.
Despite such claims, Mr Macron remains the runaway favourite to be re-elected President of France in April.
The latest Ipsos-Sopra Steria opinion poll put him on 26 per cent of the vote in the first round, far ahead of his nearest rival, National Rally candidate Marine Le Pen on 17 per cent.