Leading French female politician attacked at Paris market

Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, 44, was left unconscious after she fell over when a man violently confronted her while the conservative former minister was campaigning for next Sunday's legislative elections at a street market in the Latin Quarter of Paris on Thursday morning.

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Leading French conservative politician Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet briefly lost consciousness after being attacked while handing out leaflets for Sunday's legislative poll at a Paris market Thursday, reports FRANCE 24.

The former environment minister under ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, is at risk of losing her seat at the National Assembly as President Emmanuel Macron's party heads for a landslide, was taken to hospital.

The politician, known in France by her initials NKM, was campaigning at a popular street market in central Paris's 5th arrondissement when the attack occurred.

NKM, 44, was first insulted by the man, who then tried to throw her campaign leaflets in her face causing the politician to fall.

The aggressor - described as a man in his fifties - shouted that she was a "crappy bobo", a derisive term for an urban hipster, AFP said.

After falling, she reportedly blacked out for several minutes, possibly after hitting her head, before being revived by emergency services. Widely circulated pictures showed her lying on the pavement.

The attacker immediately fled the scene as soon as NKM collapsed.

The Paris prosecutors' office said an investigation had been opened and a manhunt is underway.

NKM is facing a tough battle to hold her seat in central Paris constituency against Gilles Le Gendre of Macron's La République en Marche (LREM – formerly known as ‘En Marche!’) party.

She has earned attention as a fierce critic of the far-right National Front, even as many members of her Les Républicains party (formerly the UMP) adopt the rhetoric of the anti-immigration party.

Read more of this report from FRANCE 24.


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