French president, Nicolas Sarkozy was grabbed by shoulder and nearly knocked down to the ground by a person in the crowd. The incident happened in the town of Brax.

The assailant's identity and motives were not immediately clear. Images on French Television showed Sarkozy reaching out to the crowd over a metal barricade when someone took hold of his suit by the shoulder causing him to lose balance and fall.

He is shown recovered immediately as the security officers pulled the assailant to the ground. The man was arrested.

Sarkozy was attending a meeting of mayors near Toulouse in Southern France.

Watch the Video of the attack below