Emmanuel Macron pelted with tomatoes but he’s saved by £8,000 Kevlar umbrella

The French President has been pelted with tomatoes days after being re-elected.

Emmanuel Macron appeared to narrowly avoid being hit at a small market northwest of Paris.

That was partly thanks to the use of an £8,000 Kevlar umbrella, reports say.

A small bag of cherry tomatoes flew over Mr Macron’s head and landed on a man to his left as the President waded through a boisterous crowd.

They bounced off the shoulder and arm of two men beside him, before bodyguards try to protect the French President and a woman screams in the melee, broadcaster BFM-TV’s video shows.

Mr Macron, 44, seemed oblivious to the near-miss until someone in the crowd shouted ‘projectile’ and bodyguards raised arms over the French leader’s head to cover him.

Someone then unfurled a partly broken black umbrella to shield him, and his security detail steered him to cover under a nearby market-stall parasol.

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The special umbrella – known as the paraPactum – can withstand attacks by knives or dogs, according to its designers, the Daily Telegraph reported.

It added that the device costs around £8,400, comes in a secure black briefcase and has been tested to withstand acid attacks.

The president sheltered under it for a few moments before waiting under the market stall until things calmed down.

Mr Macron, who was making his first public appearance since his re-election victory over far-right candidate Marine Le Pen on Sunday, has been criticised as an out-of-touch ‘President of the rich’.

Macron comfortably beat Ms Le Pen in Sunday’s election runoff and is now looking to maintain his party’s majority in the lower house of parliament.

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