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Danish PM hit by man in Copenhagen

Denmark’s prime minister Mette Frederiksen was struck by a man while walking in the centre of Copenhagen, reports have said.

The prime minister’s office said she was “shocked by the incident” and that a man has since been arrested.

Two witnesses, Marie Adrian and Anna Ravn, described the attack to the local newspaper BT, saying: “A man came by in the opposite direction and gave her a hard shove on the shoulder, causing her to fall to the side.”

BT reported that nothing was said between the Prime Minister and her alleged attacker.

A statement released by the PM’s office read: “Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was beaten on Friday evening at Kultorvet in Copenhagen by a man who was subsequently arrested.

“The prime minister is shocked by the incident.”

According to the Danish broadcaster TV2, Ms Frederiksen and Christel Schaldemose, the Social Democrats’ EU lead candidate, attended a a European election event at 5pm local time.

They parted ways at about 5:30pm. The assault is believed to have taken place approximately 20 minutes later.

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen said in a post on X that she was “shocked at the news.”

The post read: “I condemn this despicable act, which goes against everything we believe in and fight for in Europe.”

Addressing Ms Frederiksen, she added: “I wish you strength and courage – I know you have plenty of both.”

Denmark's Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and her husband Bo Tengberg arrive to attend the International commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach marking the 80th anniversary of the World War II "D-Day" Allied landings in Normandy, in Saint-Laurent-sur-Mer, in northwestern France, on June 6, 2024. The D-Day ceremonies on June 6 this year mark the 80th anniversary since the launch of 'Operation Overlord', a vast military operation by Allied forces in Normandy, which turned the tide of World War II, eventually leading to the liberation of occupied France and the end of the war against Nazi Germany. (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP) (Photo by MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP via Getty Images)
Mette Frederiksen and her husband Bo Tengberg arrive to attend the International commemorative ceremony at Omaha Beach marking the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings (Photo by Miguel MEDINA / AFP)

Danish environment minister Magnus Heunicke said on X: “Mette is naturally shocked by the attack. I must say that it shakes all of us who are close to her.”

Swedish PM Ulf Kristersson wrote: “For me, Mette is a very good colleague and wise partner.

“An attack on a democratically elected leader is also an attack on our democracy.”

Ms Frederiksen has been on the campaign trail in recent weeks ahead of the EU elections taking place between 6 and 9 June.

On Thursday, she joined other world leaders in Normandy, France, to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings.

Ms Frederiksen’s attack comes three weeks after an assassination attempt on Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico that left him seriously injured.

Mr Fico was shot five times at point-blank range while greeting supporters in a public street.

A 71-year-old man was arrested at the scene of the attack.

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