The Danish Prime Minister was run over by a man on a Copenhagen street, according to her office

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was left “shocked” after being attacked on the street in Copenhagen, her office says.

The attack took place in a square in the city center where a man approached her and hit her.

The attacker has been arrested.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen called it a “despicable act, which goes against everything we believe in and fight for in Europe.”

“Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen was beaten on Friday night in Kultorvet in Copenhagen by a man who was subsequently arrested. The prime minister is shaken by the incident,” the prime minister’s office said in a statement without giving further details.

Police said they had arrested a man and were investigating the incident, but declined to say more.

The reason is still unknown.

Two witnesses, Marie Adrian and Anna Ravn, told local newspaper BT that they had seen the attack.

“A man passed in the opposite direction and shoved her hard on the shoulder, causing her to fall to the side,” the two women told the newspaper.

They said that while it was a “strong push,” the prime minister did not fall to the ground.

Then he sat in a cafe, they added.

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

Frederiksen, leader of Denmark’s Social Democrats, had previously participated in a European election event with his party’s top candidate, Christel Schaldemose, Denmark’s TV2 reports.

The Social Democrats are the largest party in Denmark’s coalition government. They still lead in the polls, but their support has fallen considerably in recent months.

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

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

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

The attack occurs less than a month later Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot several times while greeting his supporters. He survived and has since undergone surgery.

Frederiksen, 46, became prime minister in 2019 after taking over as leader of the center-left Social Democrats four years earlier. This made her the youngest prime minister in Danish history.

Shortly after, she became embroiled in a dispute with then-president Donald Trump after she rejected his idea of ​​the United States purchasing Greenland.

Trump called her “disgusting” after she dismissed the suggestion of such a land deal as “absurd.”

In 2022, Frederiksen was harshly criticized by a commission investigating his government’s decision to cull millions of mink during the Covid pandemic.

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