French conservative candidate knocked down on campaign trail

  • French conservative candidate knocked down on campaign trail

French conservative candidate knocked down on campaign trail

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was insulted by a man while visiting a market in central Paris and then lost her balance when he tried to throw her campaign leaflets in her face.

Ms Kosciusko-Morizet, widely known by her initials NKM, is a high-profile figure on the centre-right of French politics.

Pointing his finger in the politician's face, he said she was a "dirty bobo" - the French word for a young aspiring professional with liberal views, or yuppie as they are often called in the United Kingdom and USA.

NKM is in fact a conservative and was out campaigning for the Republicans party in upcoming parliamentary elections.

She has received messages of solidarity from many disgusted French politicians from all sides including Socialist Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who strongly condemned the man's actions calling it a "cowardly and intolerable" act.

NKM, a mother-of-two, had been defeated by Hidalgo in her bid to become the first female mayor of Paris in 2014.

The attacker said NKM should "go back to the Essonne" - the department to the south of Paris where NKM used to be an MP. She was unconscious for several minutes.

French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe tweeted: "All my wishes for recovery to my friend Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet".

An official inquiry for "deliberate violence" has been opened into the incident, which happened at a market in Paris's chic 5th arrondisssement. She faces a battle against Gilles Le Gendre, from La République en Marche, President Emmanuel Macron's party.

Le Gendre later announced he was suspending his campaign because of what had happened to his opponent.