Danish PM hit by man in Copenhagen street, her office says

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Denmark PM Mette Frederiksen has been left “shocked” after being attacked in the street in Copenhagen, her office says.

The assault took place on a square in the centre of the city where a man walked up to her and hit her.

The attacker has been arrested.

EU chief Charles Michel and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola called the attack “appalling”.

“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,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement without giving further detail.

Police said they had arrested a man and were investigating the incident but declined to give further detail.

“She seemed a little stressed,” Soren Kjergaard, who works as a barista on the square, told Reuters after seeing the prime minister being escorted away.

The attack comes two days before Denmark votes in the EU election.

Danish Minister of Environment 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.”

EU chief Charles Michel said on the X that he was “outraged”.

“I strongly condemn this cowardly act of aggression,” he said.

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