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Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Top French right-winger left unconscious after campaign clash

Top French right-winger left unconscious after campaign clash

Despite being pursued by Kosciusko-Morizet's campaign team, the man escaped.

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.

Kosciusko-Morizet, 44, was defeated by Socialist Anne Hidalgo in her bid to become the first female mayor of Paris in 2014.

After falling, she blacked out for several minutes possibly after hitting her head, before being revived by emergency services.

Her centrist rival suspended his campaign and politicians across the left-right divide denounced the attack.

Ms Kosciusko-Morizet, known in France by the initials NKM, was leafleting for the Republicans ahead of Sunday's legislative elections when a man in a checked shirt jabbed his finger at her and tried to throw her leaflets in her face.

The attacker said NKM should "go back to the Essonne" - the department to the south of Paris where she used to be an MP.

Paramedics treated her at the scene, and then rushed her to hospital, where her condition was later described as stable.

The Mayor of Paris has called the attack "intolerable" while Prime Minister Edouard Philippe was reported to have visited Ms Koscuisko-Morizet in hospital after the attack.

She is now standing to re-enter parliament in Paris itself, following two-round elections which end on Sunday.

Pictures showed Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet lying on the pavement in the Left Bank street market in Paris.

She is campaigning to win a seat in her central Paris constituency against Gilles Le Gendre from President Emmanuel Macron's LREM movement.

Le Gendre anonced on Thursday that he was suspending his campaign in light of what had happened to his opponent.

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