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French President Nicolas Sarkozy is grabbed as he speaks to supporters near the southern city of Toulouse, June 30, 2011.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been grabbed and almost knocked to the ground by a man in the southern French town of Brax.

The attacker yanked Sarkozy’s suit by the shoulder and knocked him to the ground while he reached over a metal barricade to greet onlookers, AP reported on Thursday.

The assailant, a 32-year-old Frenchman, was not armed, said a national police official, who declined to be named due to police policy.

The attacker has been detained and interrogated in the nearby town of Agen.

He lives in the Lot-et-Garonne region and works in the theater business.

There was no immediate comment from the French president’s office.

Sarkozy’s predecessor, Jacques Chirac, narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in 2002 during a military parade.


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