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Former minister is knocked out by man while on campaign trail

Out cold: Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet lies on the ground after the assault PICTURE: GETTY

A FRENCH politician was knocked unconscious as she handed out election leaflets in a Paris market.

Ex-environment minister Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet was recovering in hospital following the alleged assault yesterday.

The mother-of-two, at risk of losing her National Assembly seat as president Macron’s En Marche! party gears up for a landslide victory, was targeted by a shaven-headed man as she campaigned for votes in the French capital.

Witnesses say the unidentified man, aged in his 50s, approached Ms Kosciusko-Morizet, pointed his finger in her face and called her a ‘dirty bobo’ — a derisive term for a hipster.

Assault: The man grabs Ms Kosciusko-Morizet’s leaflets before throwing back at her PICTURE: GETTY

He then grabbed the Republican party politician’s leaflets and threw them at her, causing her to fall to the pavement. She lost consciousness for a few moments after banging her head on the ground.

Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo, who defeated the 44-year-old in a 2014 mayoral election, called the attack ‘cowardly and intolerable’.

And France’s prime minister Edouard Philippe said it was an ‘unacceptable act of violence’.

Police are investigating the assault, which happened in Place Maubert, and a hunt for the man is under way. He was last seen running off into the Paris metro system.

Ms Kosciusko-Morizet was last night said to be in a ‘stable’ condition in hospital.