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.
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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