Watch: Emmanuel Macron’s guards fend off tomato attack using £8,000 Kevlar umbrella

Watch: Emmanuel Macron’s guards fend off tomato attack using £8,000 Kevlar umbrella

Emmanuel Macron’s security detail was forced to deploy a special protective umbrella after he was pelted with tomatoes on his first trip since being re-elected as president of France.

The tomatoes appeared to narrowly miss the president when they were launched at him during a walkabout at a market in the suburbs of Paris.

Video of the attack showed the fruits hitting a bystander, with a blue bag following shortly after. Mr Macron’s security guards immediately opened a James Bond-style gadget after shouting “projectile!”.

The special Kevlar umbrella – known as the paraPactum – can withstand attacks with knives, dogs – and even petanque balls, according to its designers.

The device was brought into the Elysee armoury under Nicolas Sarkozy. It costs around €10,000 (£8,400) and comes in a secure black briefcase. The material has even been tested to withstand acid attacks.

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