In the US they’re getting shot, in France, knocked to the ground.
In Pictures: Top French politician left unconscious after being confronted by member of public
According to an AFP reporter who witnessed the incident, Kosciusko, known in France as NKM, was approached by a man as she handed out campaign leaflets at a market in the fifth arrondissement of Paris, where she is hoping to be elected MP.
The man, aged in his 50s, called the former minister a dirty ‘bobo’, a term that comes from a blend of bourgeois and bohemian and is often used in a derogatory way to describe Paris’s wealthy middle class young professionals.
He also shouted “It’s your fault we have Anne Hidalgo as mayor” referring to the fact NKM lost out to Hidalgo in the 2014 mayoral race. He also yelled “go back to l’Essonne”, the department near Paris for which she is currently an MP.
Some reports say he then tried to hit her while BFM TV said she was violently pushed by the man.
Others suggested she fell when trying to protect herself when he threw her leaflets in her face.
She lost consciousness for several minutes after apparently hitting her head as she fell.