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PARIS (AP) — In the ultimate stretch earlier than a high-stakes French legislative election on July 7, a number of candidates have reported being attacked on the marketing campaign path, together with authorities spokesperson Prisca Thevenot.

Thevenot, a candidate for the centrist Ensemble alliance led by President Emmanuel Macron, her deputy and a celebration activist have been placing up election posters close to Paris on Wednesday night time when a bunch attacked them, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal mentioned on the social media platform X.

Thevenot was not injured and can proceed to marketing campaign, she mentioned on X, however her deputy and the occasion activist have been taken to a hospital. It was not instantly clear what kind of accidents they suffered.

The prosecutor's workplace mentioned it opened an investigation into an assault with a weapon towards a public official, however offered no indication of what the motivation for the assault was.

Four individuals, together with three minors, are in custody, prosecutors mentioned.

“Violence is never the answer,” Thevenot mentioned Thursday in a short message on X.

Politicians on all sides condemned the assault and others on candidates which have been reported in latest days.

Also on Wednesday, Marie Dauchy, a National Rally candidate in Savoy, mentioned she was assaulted at a meals market whereas campaigning and introduced she was abandoning the race. Her occasion's chief and three-time presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, mentioned on X that two males had “cowardly” assaulted Dauchy.

Nicolas Conquer, a candidate for The Republicans, mentioned on social media that he was assaulted whereas distributing election flyers within the metropolis of Cherbourg on July 2. He was accompanied by a minor when the incident occurred, and reported it to police, he mentioned. He gave no different particulars of the assault.

“Let's reject the climate of violence and hatred that is taking hold,” Prime Minister Attal mentioned Thursday on X.

“It's shameful,” Le Pen mentioned in a short TV interview. “We have a number of candidates who have had to stop their campaign. This climate is deplorable.”

Candidates have complained of each verbal and bodily violence within the torrid and polarizing marketing campaign.

A couple of hours earlier than being focused, Thevenot had shared her anxiousness as an individual of shade in a “complicated” political local weather with French broadcaster TF1.

“I don't say this only as spokesperson of the government, but more as the daughter of immigrants and mother of mixed-race children,” she mentioned, citing repeated and intensified racism assaults. “They no longer do it anonymously, but with uncovered faces and even with a certain pride.”

A candidate who campaigned within the outskirts of Paris for Macron's camp was assigned personal safety guards by her occasion after she mentioned she was the goal of anti-Semitic abuse.

Many individuals have voiced issues that the surge in voter assist for the fiercely anti-immigration National Rally has made individuals really feel extra comfy utilizing racist, xenophobic and anti-Semitic language in public.

Macron referred to as a shock legislative election on June 9 after his centrist alliance suffered a punishing defeat by the hands of the National Rally in French voting for the European Parliament, plunging the nation right into a chaotic, sudden legislative marketing campaign.

French newspaper Le Canard Enchaine reported that Fadila Khattabi, the minister for individuals with disabilities and the daughter of Algerian immigrants, was in tears when she shared a private story at a ministerial assembly on the Elysée Palace on Monday. “Considering my origins, I am scared of racist speech,” she mentioned, in response to the newspaper. “My son, a symbol of republican success, a child of immigration who became a pharmacist, now wants to leave France, out of fear of a National Rally victory.”