PARIS—A man who slapped French President Emmanuel Macron during a visit to a small town in southern France this week was sentenced to 4 months in prison on Thursday.
A French court in Valence, in southeast France, handed down an 18-month sentence, with 14 months suspended, French television reported. The court ordered the man to be imprisoned immediately, a particularly tough punishment in France, where defendants are often allowed to remain free while they appeal a sentence.
During a hearing at the court Thursday, the man admitted to slapping Mr. Macron, French media reported. He said he was acting on behalf of the antiestablishment yellow vests movement, which arose in 2018 in opposition to Mr. Macron’s policies. He described his political views as far-right, French news channel BFMTV reported.
The man’s lawyer didn’t respond to a request for comment.
At a press conference Thursday, Mr. Macron played down the incident.