A man in a crowd grabbed French President Nicolas Sarkozy by the shoulder and nearly knocked him to the ground before being tackled by security officers and detained. The unusually aggressive incident occurred as the president shook hands with a crowd in the town of Brax in southwest France.
French news reports identified the attacker as Hermann Fuster, 32, from the nearby town of Agen, reports the New York Times. An employee of the municipal conservatory, he was arrested and being questioned in Agen. One police official, cited by the Web site of the weekly L’Express, said he wanted to challenge the president on France’s war effort in Libya.